Family of Grand Rapids Murder Victim Reacts To Shooting

Posted at 4:01 PM, Oct 31, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-31 22:45:23-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A family is mourning after a shooting in Grand Rapids early Thursday morning.

Grand Rapids Police said that the shooting happened just before 1 a.m. outside of the New York Fried Chicken restaurant in southeast Grand Rapids.

Investigators believe one of the men killed was trying to rob the other victim.

The family of Dominick Floyd said that they are still in a state of shock after seeing Floyd an hour before the young father was gunned down.

“I loved my cousin. We did everything. I was just with him that night. He was just so sweet,” said Stacie Kelly, Floyd’s cousin.

Kelly said that Floyd had taken her to a concert for her birthday earlier in the evening on Wednesday.

Police told FOX 17 that Floyd was outside the restaurant on the corner of Division and Franklin when a 20-year-old man approached him with a gun, attempting to rob Floyd. That’s when a man standing next to Floyd pulled out his firearm, striking and killing the robbery suspect. Seconds later, someone else in the crowd retaliated by shooting Floyd.

Floyd’s father David said that his son had a heart of gold, and was always willing to help a family member in need.

“He’s gone. He’s dead. My son is dead. For what? What’s the most he could have gotten? $200 or $300 dollars? Is that what life is worth?” asked David Floyd.

Floyd’s older brother also suffered the same fate after he was shot and killed in 1999 in Eastown.

Grand Rapids Police ask that if you were part of the crowd that was gathered outside the southeast restaurant early Thursday morning and might have seen something to call silent observer at 616-774-2345.