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Flint man, who mentored at-risk kids, shot and killed

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(10/10/12) - Michael Veal, 37, was murdered Tuesday night in Flint. 

He was shot, in the 200 block of Mary Street around 6 p.m., and died at the hospital a few hours later.

Police believe there was a family dispute taking place and he was shot as he tried to intervene.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton, Wednesday, issued charges against Veal's 28 year old brother. 

He is not yet in custody.

The warrant charges him with open murder, assault with intent to murder and felony firearm.   The police investigation indicates he shot Veal for allegedly failing to return another brother home on time. The other brother is allegedly on tether, according to a press release from Leyton's office.

Veal's teenage son and other family members witnessed the shooting, according to the press release.

ABC12 interviewed Veal in October of 2011 as he encouraged students at Flint's McKinley Middle School to learn from his mistakes. 

See story HERE.

"Funerals and death and gunshots and roped off and drug houses, this is what we see in our neighborhood," Veal said during the October presentation.  "I'll be perfectly honest with you guys, at one point in my life I kind of was involved in that."

Veal's brother was killed in 1995, in Flint, during a police altercation. He, himself spent time in prison and had been shot before.

Debbie Maxwell, a Flint Community Schools social worker, witnessed his "real" approach with students. She says he mentored during the 2010-2011 school year at the now closed McKinley.

"He was trying to make a difference," Maxwell says. 

"I get a lot of criticism for doing the correct thing. I took a personal interest in trying to bridge the gap between our community and law enforcement. You know what my homies in the hood call me? Sell out," Veal said.

Flint Police Officer Jesse Carpenter is one of the cops he worked with. Carpenter, as director of the Police Activities League, also mentors kids.

He says he last saw Veal one week ago. Veal was in his office when he learned someone had been murdered on Mary Street. It was the same location Veal was shot at six days later. Police say the crimes are not connected.

"He dropped everything and embraced me," Carpenter says. Veal was visibly shaken knowing it could have easily been him or a family member.

"As a community, we are embarking on some troubled, dark days," Carpenter says.  "It starts at home. It start within the walls in which you were raised."

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