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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Murdered 9-Month-Old Detroiter Delric Miller Laid to Rest

Murdered 9-Month-Old Detroiter Delric Miller Laid to Rest:

DETROIT (WJBK) -- A tiny white casket so small it almost doesn't seem real was carried out of the O. H. Pye Funeral Home on Monday in Detroit with nine-month-old Delric Miller inside.

Hundreds of people came to pay their respects to the family. The baby died a week ago in a hail of bullets fired at his home from an AK-47.

"We just had to pay our respects, and just hopeful Detroit violence ... settles down because this is a real tragedy," said the victim's cousin, Annais Brown.

Among the mourners were Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee, who said someone in the crowd at the funeral could have information police need to solve the case.

"There are some individuals in this community who feel like they're winning and they're going to take over, but we want to be very clear that this community is resolved to make sure that this type of thing stops," Godbee told us.

In the funeral program and during the emotional service, Delric was remembered for the joy he brought to others during his short life.

As the community mourns and grieves and talks about stopping the violence, the person responsible for Delric's death is still out on the streets. There have been no arrests yet in the baby's murder.

"What makes this system work is a community that is involved and that is willing to turn over murderers to the police department," Godbee said.

Members of Detroit 300, who have helped try to track down the killer, were also at the funeral.

Chrysler workers from Sterling Heights Assembly collected $650 in donations, which FOX 2 turned over to the funeral home.

Police believe Delric's shooting may be gang related and may have stemmed from an argument at a baby shower.

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