Family of popular club promoter fatally shot in back looks for help

 The family of Derrick Nelson hopes someone with information steps forward to help police find who killed him.

A popular Detroit club and event promoter with a bright future, was gunned down the day before Mother's Day.

Just before 1 a.m. Saturday, Derrick Nelson was getting out of his car inside his gated apartment complex on Outer Drive and Wyoming, when a witness says a man shot Nelson in the back. 

After shooting him, the suspect then began to rummage through his pockets, but left his cell phone, keys and jewelry.

Detroit police say a black man, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, with a slim build was seen running off and driving away in a small silver four-door car.

Losing their only son, Nelson's parents say he was their everything.

"No mother should have to feel his pain, no mother," Betty Nelson said.

Just before 1 a.m. Saturday, Nelson was getting out of his car inside his gated apartment complex on Outer Drive and Wyoming, when a witness says a man shot Nelson in the back. 

After shooting him, the suspect then began to rummage through his pockets, but left his cell phone, keys, jewelry not taken.

Detroit police say a black man, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, with a slim build was seen running off and driving away in a small silver four-door car.

"Why, what was the reason for this," Nelson said. "Because he would have given that person anything they wanted."

Nelson's family believes it was someone he let through security and waited to ambush him.

"No matter what you do for a child," Alvin Nelson, his father, said. "Sometime you can't be there for them all the time."

Nelson's family and friends say he was outgoing and smart, founding an IT company  with a master's degree from the University of Detroit Mercy.

"It actually makes you sick," Betty said. "And you're angry at the same time that somebody would be so selfish to take your child away from you."

Overwhelmed with support from Nelson's thousands of friends, his parents are missing his smile, is laugh and their Sunday dinners together.

They hope someone out there does the right thing.

Right now crime stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest. The number to call is 1-800-SPEAK-UP. You never have to leave your name.

"I just hope that somebody has enough love for Derrick to speak up say 'I know something,'" Alvin said. "Help us out."

"I have faith and belief that they will find them," Betty said. "They will be brought to justice."


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