(09/24/12) - Police in one local city are investigating the eighteenth murder this year.
Saginaw detectives need your help to find out who killed a 19-year-old man and wounded a 21 year old.
Police say they believe there are several people who know something about the murder, but aren't coming forward.
A makeshift memorial is set up at Birch Park Townhomes. Family and friends are remembering Darius Gates with balloons, candles and flowers.
"They gotta understand it's mostly children out here. My baby is terrified to come home because of this. My baby loved Darius. He called him Uncle Darius," said Amber Morris.
Morris says she was home Sunday night when her friend was shot to death.
"I just hear gunshots. I came in the house. I ran to my friends house, fell on the floor crying because my niece and nephew was in my house. My patio was shot out and the bullets supposed to been flew past my nieces head. She could have been gone too, this gotta stop," Morris said.
Police had been called to Birch Park Townhomes twice on Sunday after receiving reports of fighting. On their third trip to the complex, they found a murder scene.
It's not clear if the two previous incidents are related to the third incident.
Family members say Gates, the19 year old, was lying on the ground. The 21 year old, Elbert Franklin, was released from the hospital.
Detective Sgt. Joseph Dutoi says 28 bullet casings were found, along with a number of bullet holes in a row of town homes.
There is no motive known at this time.
"We don't believe it's involved in any of the other violence we've seen this summer. However, our investigators have been working since yesterday on this case as we speak. They're out, they're searching for answers and hopefully we'll be able to solve this soon," Dutoi said.
Darius' girlfriend is pregnant with his child, but he'll never get the opportunity to be a father. She says she fears that the violence will only get worse.
"All they kids be out in the field playing, what if they kids would have been out in the field yesterday? That would have been sad. I couldn't sleep last night. I don't even want to live in my apartment no more," she said.
Dutoi says there have been at least three deadly shootings in that community in the past four years.
Security cameras that might have provided some evidence were not working Sunday because of a power outage.
A candlelight vigil is set for 9 p.m. Monday in the complex.
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