Local family pleads for answers in murder of loved one - WNEM TV 5

Local family pleads for answers in murder of loved one

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The investigation into Jalen Lewis's death continues.

On Tuesday evening, his mother begged for answers.

"The pain that I feel right now, I just want him brought to justice," said Maria Contreras, Lewis' mother.

Contreras said 20-year-old Lewis was very outgoing, friendly and respectful.  He was shot and killed on Monday, March 3, when a bullet from a drive-by shooting hit him in his home on Bundy Avenue, near Dupont, on Flint's north side.

"We do not believe that Jalen was the intended victim, I think that's important for the public to know, and that bullets don't have any names on them," said Sgt. Bill Jennings of the Michigan State Police.

Police say several shots were fired early on that Monday morning and Lewis was struck while in his home.

"We have lost so many of our young men to violence because they respect no one, but they're not the ones left behind to carry on, their family is," said Contreras.

Lewis left behind a son and daughter, both 2 years old.  His sister said he loved them both very much.

"I just want justice for my brother and peace for my mother," said Tanisha Contreras.

"We would just ask that the public view this as one of their own family members and what they would like to have done," said Jennings.

"All I ask is you please, please let the police handle this.  Please don't take this into your own hands," said Maria Contreras.

Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.  Call 1-800-SPEAK UP with any tips you have regarding this case.  Your call is anonymous.

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