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His heartbroken family wants justice for this callous crime. Mike
Cavanaugh loved Stoepel Park. There was a weeping willow tree he would
sit under to take a nap. He would also listen to gospel music on his
portable radio under the same tree. Sadly, that is also the place where
he was brutally murdered in broad daylight. "Just how much I really loved him, appreciated him," said Kathy Johnson.
is what the victim's sister would say if she could talk to her brother
one more time. He left their house Monday after lunch to clean up
Stoepel Park and take a nap. However, less than an hour after lunch
Cavanaugh was dead. "There's nothing he could've done to somebody
that could've made someone that angry, and I would like to know why,"
Johnson said. Cavanaugh was shot three times at the park, once in the head and again in the stomach.
Cavanaugh did not work, but his sister said he still had a very important job.
loved going to the park. He looked at it as being his home. He very
much so cleaned it up all the time and was very angry with people that
didn't clean things up," Johnson explained. This is not the first
time Cavanaugh was attacked by complete strangers. Ten years ago, he
was jumped at a bus stop. He was in a coma for weeks and had permanent,
severe brain damage. Right now, police have few leads, but Johnson said she knows someone knows something.
we all have family members. We all have people that we love," she said.
"Please, please say something. Don't just put a blind eye to it. Please
speak up." Most people thought Cavanaugh was homeless because he
slept in the park for hours and his brain injuries made him hard to
understand, but Johnson said her brother had a heart of gold. "He
cared about Detroit and the neighborhood. He loved the Detroit Tigers,
the Red Wings. He was a sports fan. He cared about people. He was a God
loving person. He looked out for a lot of people. Loved animals. That's
who Mike was," she told us. "I really would like to see the person that
did this get caught and take responsibility, for it's not going to bring
my brother back, but it sure would help."
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