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Muskegon Heights church focuses on city's positives despite recent violence

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The day after 17-year-old Jaquan Norris was shot and killed in the streets of Muskegon Heights, the community came together to focus on sending a positive message.

"Our young kids... have been killing each other," said Greater Deliverance Outreach Church Pastor Anthony Hall. "The best thing we can really do in this hour is seek the Lord and pray."

Saturday, members of Hall's church tried to uplift the community. They organized a community back to school day, providing assistance to parents and fun for children.

"Muskegon Heights has been on the news quite a bit with the local shootings," said community organizer Donyetta Hall. "We want to let the people know, you know what? It's not all bad."

Parents in attendance say it was a chance to celebrate the good that many in West Michigan overlook.

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Victim identified in latest Muskegon Heights shooting

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Michigan (WZZM) - Police are investigating a murder overnight in Muskegon Heights.

Police tell WZZM 13 News they found 20 year old Jeremy Lawrence shot in a car at Fifth Street and Summit Avenue early Monday morning.

Over the past four weeks, three men have died and several others were seriously injured in shootings in Muskegon Heights, Muskegon and Norton Shores.

The most recent happened last August 20th on 8th street in Muskegon Heights.  The recent spike in violence comes after a decade-long drop in the murder rate for Muskegon County.























Four Muskegon County murders in a month and no arrests

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) - After four murders in four weeks, some Muskegon County residents are demanding an end to the violence.

"Every week somebody get's killed, that's how bad it is," says a man handing out "Stop The Violence" leaflets in Muskegon Heights.

The latest murder victim is 23 year old Jeremy Lawrence. He was found shot to death sitting in a car in Muskegon Heights early Monday morning.

"I don't know how that child got killed," sobs his grandmother Elnora Carson. "People around here killing other people's kids for nothing. It's a pity."

Four young men have been shot to death in Muskegon Heights, Muskegon and Norton Shores since July 24.

None of the killers are in custody.

"As a community we need to get together and have a meeting and try to solve the problem," says the man with the leaflets. "It's bad, it's really go bad."

Unity Rallies planned for the greater Muskegon Heights area

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM)- Community groups in Muskegon and the Muskegon Heights areas are hosting unity rallies over the next few days in response to the recent violence.

Thursday, August 26: The Stop the Violence Jump Start begins at 6 p.m. at the Elk's Charity Lodge.  That is located at 149 Ottawa Drive in Muskegon.

Saturday, August 28: An NAACP Community Forum will be held at the Muskegon Heights Board of Education Building at 10 a.m.  That is located at 2603 Leahy Street.

Sunday, August 29: The Raising Consciousness Black Unity Rally runs  from noon until 6 p.m. at Rowan Park.  The park is located at 113 East Broadway Avenue in Muskegon Heights.

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Lumberjacks hosting auditions for National Anthem singers

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- The Muskegon Lumberjacks are holding tryouts Tuesday, but they aren't looking for on-ice talent.

The team is holding open auditions for National Anthem singers. Those selected to perform will get four free tickets to the game at which they wing.

Tryouts run from 6-8 p.m. at the L.C. Walker Arena.

Singers must audition acapella and perform the anthem in one minute 30 seconds or less.

Anyone 18 or under must be accompanied by an adult.

SWAT team surrounds Muskegon Heights home

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) - The Muskegon County Sheriff's Department SWAT team has surrounded a home on Sanford Street near Summit in Muskegon Heights.

Police have been on the scene since about 3 p.m. Monday. They have their automatic weapons drawn and are using loud speakers to tell a person inside the home to surrender.

WZZM 13's Jon Mills is on the scene and says he can see snipers on top of vehicles as well.  It's not known at this time if this is related to a number of recent deadly shootings in Muskegon Heights, including a shooting at 3 a.m. Monday near 5th Street and Summit Avenue.

We will have continuing coverage of this story online and on air as soon as it becomes available.

Police investigating early morning shooting in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Muskegon Police are investigating the shooting of a Muskegon Heights man early Monday morning.

Police say there were called to a local hospital about about 5:00am where a gunshot victim was being treated.  The victim told police that he was walking in the 1200 block of Terrace Street around 2:30am when he heard two or three gunshots and felt something hit him in the arm, which was in a cast from a previous injury.

The victim told police that he did not see anyone on foot or in a vehicle in the area at the time. No other reports of shots being fired in that area were called into police during the time.

The victim also told police he flagged down a female in a vehicle and she gave the him a ride to the hospital.