'He ain't even made it to kindergarten.' Desperate to find boy's killer, mother pleads for help

Posted at 4:54 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 18:56:07-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — "He had his whole life ahead of him. He ain't even made it to kindergarten," Marlisha Roby said about her 4-year-old son who was shot and killed during a visit to his grandmother's house on Detroit's west side.

The person who opened fire on the home on Birwood Street near Margareta on May 21 has not been arrested.

Detroit police released surveillance footage of a white Jeep Cherokee that detectives said could be tied to the case.

"Y'all don't know what it feels like to see a 4-year-old boy with a hole in his chest the size of a bottle cap," said a tearful Nathaniel Townsend, Sr., about his little boy who was named after him.

Everyone called his son by their shared middle name, Messiah, or just "Sih."

Crime Stoppers of Michigan joined the family Thursday to put out a plea for information in the case. A reward of up to $2,500 cash is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest.

Crime Stoppers does not wait for a conviction to pay out their rewards, and tipsters are always 100% anonymous.

Anyone who can help in the case is urged to call 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

"It'll mean the world to me if you step up and speak out," Nathaniel, Sr. said. "I just need somebody to step up and speak out for my son, man. He was a baby. That's it, man. He was a baby. He didn't deserve this."