Family says man was killed for his Cartier sunglasses as he cleaned car in Detroit

Posted at 5:48 PM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 17:28:52-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — What is a life worth? It is a question the family of a man killed on Asbury Park is asking. The uncle of the victim says he believes his nephew was killed for a pair of sunglasses.

“It is unimaginable that this has happened to our family,” said Michael Martin.

Martin says his family never expected to face such a loss. He shared pictures of his nephew, 27-year-old Frank Brown IV.

On Friday, around 6:45 in the evening he was being kind, detailing his girlfriend’s mother’s car. Police say four men, possibly in a grey SUV, drove up. His family says they stole his Cartier Sunglasses and shot him multiple times. He was rushed to the hospital but passed away on the operating table.

“A caring thoughtful young man who always looked out for his friends and family. His goal was that everyone around him would win and do something positive for his life,” said Martin.

Martin says he is speaking out because his family wants answers. The killers didn’t just take sunglasses - they took the life of a young man working towards dreams of making a difference by renovating houses in Detroit. They want the people who killed his nephew to face justice.

“What we are going through right now is real pain and grieving and suffering. I don’t want to have to see anyone else have to deal with this,” he said.

The family has set up an account to raise money for funeral costs.

Police say if you have any information that could help bring his killers to justice the number to call is 1-800-SPEAK-UP. That will connect you with CrimeStoppers. All calls are anonymous.