Grand Rapids woman still looking for answers 2 years after brother’s shooting death

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (WOOD) – This week marks the two-year death of a Grand Rapids man Manuel Salgado. The murder remains unsolved.

It’s hard not to lose sight of your sister Amanda in tears. She vividly remembers the night her brother died while she was home preparing dinner for her family.

Her mother Josefina called with disturbing news that felt unreal at the time.

“Everything she said on the phone, your brother was shot and you have to go to his apartment,” Amanda recalled. “I thought she was kidding.”

When Amanda arrived at the crime scene on Lincoln Avenue near Second Street, she realized that her mother’s worst nightmare had come true.

Police surrounded the quadplex where her brother lived and discovered minutes later that her mother’s call was no joke.

Manuel Salgado, 22, was shot dead on December 5, 2019.

“When I got there, the streets were closed and he had died on the scene.”

Amanda says her 22-year-old brother and a wife were both confronted by two men after walking to the grocery store. When they got to the Fourplex house, they were surprised by two men who were in the hall at the back of the house.

Manuel questioned the intruders, who replied that they were waiting for a friend in one of the apartments.

“He had never seen any of these people before,” said Amanda. “When he did that, they crawled around the hallway a bit and I guess when he pushed them against the wall. He shot him. Just one shot. “

This female victim, a family friend, was also shot and taken to the hospital and survived the incident. The shots were heard by neighbors, but no one saw the men who had escaped through the front door.

“They have a description of what the men look like, but we have no updates or anything to solve his murder,” she said.

“Today I’m going to make another call because every month on the 5th I call and I don’t stop calling because I want to know who murdered him.”

The police described the two suspects as black men. One suspect was around 20 to 30 years old with braided hair and a mustache. The second suspect is between 40 and 50 years old.

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