Detroit family seeks justice and closure after father of five is shot and killed on city's east side

Detroit (WXYZ) - A Detroit family is shattered by violence and a grandmother grieves.

“Please, this is hurting from the heart," said Betty Elder, the grandmother of Russhaw Davis.

Davis was shot and killed after visiting a friend on Detroit's east side on February 13.

“I’m up in age and he really helped me, seeing that things was fixed around the house," Elder said. "Lord Jesus, God knows my heart is aching. My heart is aching.”

The murder of Davis, who was 40 years old and a father of five, remains unsolved.

Davis was shot at 7:50 p.m. in the 5000 block of Newport. A man came from behind the house as Davis was leaving.  A second individual was with him.  After shooting Davis, they stole his glasses and what money he had in his pockets, according to Rev. Shawn Thomas.

“My cousin, Shawn, was a free-hearted, giving individual and he gave to any and everyone," said Thomas.

Willotis Davis, Russhawn's mother, also lost two other sons to violence. 

“It never leaves, I have it right here," she said while pointing to her heart. "That’s why I can’t talk about it too much.”

Davis’ 14-year old son, Zyshawn Beamon, and Davis' fiance, Keke Dickerson, wore t-shirts in his memory during a Crime Stoppers of Michigan press conference on Tuesday. The family hopes someone comes forward with information to ease their pain and bring some closure.

“You took away a good man from me, Dickerson said.  "My fiancé is gone and I know somebody around there knows something and I want somebody to speak up, please. I know y’all know.”

Crime Stoppers is offering a $2500 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case. An extra $1,000 will be added to the reward if the tip is received by midnight Tuesday.

Tips can be called in anonymously at Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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