Father of 2 shot to death over dice game

Homicides are up about 13 percent from 2013 and the latest one happened Thursday night as demonstrators rallied.

New Era Detroit members rallied for peace down Davison, held up traffic and shouted to whoever would listen - fed up with the gun play that's becoming the norm in a city on the brink

But violence erupted a few miles away as someone gunned down Edward Hogan on the 9300 block of Pierson off West Chicago. The 25-year-old father of two was shot after an argument over a dice game, police say. 

"You took (him) away from his daughter, his daughter just graduated from school," said Jasmine Johnson, a friend of Hogan. "And now she has to grow up with no father. Her and her brother. I just feel that's wrong."

The shooting could have been worse, it happened as several children were playing nearby one of them was Lou Jackson's great-granddaughter

"So I ran out and we grabbed the kids and the other kid ran into the house," said Jackson.

Thursday's homicide follows a streak of violence beginning with the mass shooting on Dexter two weeks ago. That was followed by shootings in Greek Town, 

Another mass shooting happened at a block party on Detroit's east side, while another man was gunned down Wednesday as he rode his bike. 

While police are responding with drug raids and taking illegal guns off the streets, New Era Detroit says real change in detroit will come from those living in the most violent parts of it.

"We are a great people we are so much better than this and I mean it from the bottom of my heart," said New Era member Zeek, who did not give his last name. "We are so much better than this and we know we can do better." 
 
"The recent killings that's been going on there's not enough outrage about it," said Brand Norris, another New Era member.  "We have got to be outraged. We've got to restore the community and we've got to bring it back to what it once was."

In the meantime police are trying to track down the man who killed Edward Hogan. If you have any information please call Detroit police at (313) 596-2260 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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