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Still no suspects in murder of 88-year-old veteran
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Three days after an elderly man was found dead in what is being called a homicide, Kalamazoo Public Safety detectives say they still don't have a suspect.
On Friday night, police were called to the 3100 block of Brookmont Drive, off Mount Olivet in Kalamazoo's Burke Acres neighborhood.
They say they found 88-year-old Alfred Minka dead in his home.
Newschannel 3 talked to Minka's son, who is obviously very distraught and overwhelmed, and was not ready to speak on camera.
However, he did say his father had no enemies, and investigators say they are not actively interviewing anyone.
Minka's death sent shockwaves through the neighborhood.
"I think we're from a neighborhood where doors are open, screen doors are open, you just don't believe this will happen here," said neighbor Bernie Powers. "I didn't anticipate this at all."
Kalamazoo Public Safety officers say a neighbor found Minka dead on the floor of his home, and detectives were there for several hours on Saturday.
Newschannel 3 tried to speak to the neighbor, but his lawyer advised him not to say anything.
Brothers Bob and Bernie Powers say they've known Minka for years, and couldn't believe the news.
"He'd wave, say hello to everybody when he was doing his morning walks," Bernie said. "Just a super family, and a super person; it's just a tragedy."
Minka was a Latvian immigrant, and according to his son Marty, he was very active in the Latvian community in Kalamazoo.
He worked for the Eaton Corporation for more than 30 years, and also served in World War II.
Neighbors describe him as a peaceful and quiet man.
"Maybe that was his downfall," Bernie said. "He was nice and somebody saw that and unfortunately, you know, this happened."
Minka's son says he too is waiting for answers, but believes someone may have targeted his father because of his age.
KDPS says while they do not have anyone in custody, they are not actively interviewing anyone.
They say all of the detectives in the department are working the case.