Memorial Day murder of Detroit man still unsolved

- Kellie Henderson has been counting the days since her son was murdered. Day after day, for more than 80 days now, she's been asking herself who killed her 32-year-old son -- and why? 

"People come to me and they say, 'I love you; if it's anything I can do let me know.' This don't cost you nothing; just tell me what happened. You don't have to give your name, just let me know what happened to my baby," she says, pleading to whomever knows something to speak up. 

She was the one to find her son Jeffrey McCoy, lying there shot and dead. A family member called her and told her his house had been shot up. She rushed over.

"Jeffrey was not out here going for bad, looking for trouble. He was at home in his house. He used to always say, 'Ma, you got to pray and stay out the way.' How much more out [of] the way can you be than to be in your house?"

That was Monday, May 28. Memorial Day.

Jeffrey was asleep on the couch when more than 20 bullets came flying towards him at his home on Carlisle Street near 8 Mile and Gratiot on Detroit's east side.

About an hour earlier he had family over. They left at 10:30 that night. He was found dead at 11:50.

What happened in that hour and 20 minutes? Kellie believes someone knows. 

"I know somebody knows exactly what happened to Jeffery; you all know what this is about. For whatever reason you keeping quiet, I don't understand it," she says. "Me and my family have opened doors to so many people. We have let people live with us, we have fed people. If you know my sons, you know my sons would give you the shirt off their backs."

Two of Jeffery's brothers died before he was murdered. This family has lost too many they love. They hope their tears, their deep pain, can compel whoever knows something to come forward.

"I just need to know what happened to my son. I just need y'all to help," she says. "I wasn't there. When I came in the house I saw my son. I just want to know what led up to that, that's all I need. Just let me know what happened to my baby, please."

Jeffrey started his own clothing line in 2015. He dedicated it to a brother he lost before he passed away. He attended Denby High, went to Monroe Community College for marketing and graphic design. He leaves behind a 9-year-old son.

Crime Stoppers is offering $2,500 reward for tips leading to an arrest. If you have that information, call 1-800-SPEAK-UP. Your call will be anonymous. 

Up Next:

  • Popular

  • Recent

Stories you may be interested in - includes Advertiser Stories