23-year-old shot and killed leaves ‘legacy of generosity,’ Michigan loved ones say

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A 23-year-old who was killed in Detroit, Michigan, is being remembered for his “legacy of generosity,” his loved ones say.

Samuel Gartley was found Monday, June 5, after he was shot near the Russell Industrial Center, Detroit Police Cpl. Dan Donakowski told the Macomb Daily.

Gartley was at work at the industrial center when someone tried to rob him, according to WXYZ. He was then fatally shot.

Family members told the news outlet that Gartley was an entrepreneur and had worked at the center for about a year.

The Detroit Police Department told McClatchy News that it has a suspect in custody and it is continuing to investigate the incident.

Loved ones shared tributes to Gartley on social media.

“Sam we love forever. Our ‘son’ we grieve your life taken too soon and the future that we won’t have with you as part of our family,” Aimy Burgess wrote in a Facebook post. “I will try to model your legacy of generosity, kindness and super chill attitude.”

“Your kindness, your wit, your wonderfully intelligent mind. There are no words to describe how beautiful your soul is, nothing could do it justice,” Hope Rusk wrote in a Facebook post. “You had so many plans, so much excitement for the beautiful future ahead of you. I will never be the same again not having you by my side...I don’t know how to go on without you, but I have to.”

“You were a humble man,” Zach Atkinson wrote on Facebook. “I’ll forever miss our laughs sitting in a parking lot at 3am some nights just having fun! I am in complete shock..I love you man..you left us too soon and a lot of us are hurting we will forever miss you and cherish all of the memories along the way.”

Police said anyone with information about the shooting can contact the department’s homicide unit at 313-596-2260 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak-Up.

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