4 found slain in Detroit home; homicides spiking

DETROIT — Four people were found shot to death in a Detroit home, authorities said Wednesday, adding to a homicide total that already has surpassed last year’s.

Officers discovered the bodies of a teenage boy, two men, and a woman Tuesday night at a home in an east-side neighborhood.

Investigators believed the killings were drug-related, police spokeswoman Yvette Walker said.


The Wayne County medical examiner’s office identified the victims as Shawn Bender, 16; Janetta Harris, 22; Jason Koester, 28; and Dyrelle Davis, 34. Harris died of multiple gunshot wounds, while the other three were shot in the head, according to the office.

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The block where the bodies were found has about two dozen two-story homes.

Like many Detroit neighborhoods, several of the homes are vacant.

The killings were the latest in what has been a particularly violent year in Detroit.

The city announced last week that homicides rose this year, reaching 354 through Thanksgiving after totaling 344 for all of 2011.

Associated Press