Friends, acquaintances and former classmates in mid Michigan remember shooting victims in Benzie County

Friends, acquaintances and former classmates from Owosso remember the victims in Friday night's...
Friends, acquaintances and former classmates from Owosso remember the victims in Friday night's Benzie County shooting(WJRT)
Published: Nov. 23, 2020 at 6:03 PM EST
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*** 11/25/2020 UPDATE***

The Benzie County Prosecutor has issued a 3-count open murder warrant for Robert Michael Freebold, 58 years old, of Elberta, MI.

Freebold has been charged in the murder of Marilyn Freebold, Malachi Maloney, and Robert James Freebold, as a result of an incident in the Village Of Elberta that took place at approximately 6:00p on Friday, 11-20-2020.

Robert Michael Freebold is expected to be arraigned later this afternoon in the 85th District Court of Benzie County or upon his release from Munson Medical Center where he is currently in custody while being treated for his injuries.


OWOSSO, Mich. (WJRT) - In northern Michigan, a mother and two sons are dead following a shooting in Benzie County Friday evening.

The father, 58-year-old Robert Michael Freebold remains in critical condition at a Traverse City hospital.

Deputies identified the three people who were killed as 63-year-old Marilyn Freebold, 27-year-old Robert James Freebold, and 20-year old Malachi Andrew Maloney.

The Benzie County Sheriff’s Office said the 911 center received an abandoned call Friday evening from a cellphone. It said dispatchers could hear labored breathing and possibly a faint call for help.

Deputies said upon arrival to the home in Elberta they found Robert Michael Freebold badly injured in the doorway of the home. The rest of the family members were found inside along with weapons.

ABC12 has learned the family once lived in the Owosso area. Marilyn Freebold was a class of 1975 Owosso High School graduate.

A number of people who knew Marilyn Freebold and the family, but all of them declined to be interviewed. Friends, acquaintances and former classmates remember Marilyn as a fun, kind, caring and loving person.

Another person we spoke with didn’t know the family well, but wanted to do something good for family members who are grieving at this time.

Two meal trains have been set up along with a GoFundMe to help with medical and funeral expenses.

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At this point, the sheriff’s department is not looking for any suspects and have not released any information regarding a motive. Detectives are still interviewing family members and collecting and analyzing evidence.

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