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Justice-seeking community members took action by joining the search for a man who murdered a panhandler Outside a Detroit gas station earlier this month.

Activist Malik Shabaz and others gathered with the police on Monday pass passengers with photo of the suspect and victim, Denez Dupree.


Police said the suspect spoke to Dupree and even gave her money outside Clark gas station west of town, before he shot and killed her at 7:30 a.m. on October 3.

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“I mean I can only say Jesus Christ, this man is a hunter,” Shabaz said. “It’s ugly, it’s despicable.”

Dupree, who was in his 50s, frequented the gas station and sometimes pumped gas for people in exchange for change.

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After the murder, police said it did not appear to be suspicious and Dupree knew each other.

Detroit Police Captain James McGinnis said, “This seems like a random execution for no reason and it’s extremely concerning for us.”

Granthshala 2 Detroit reported that the shooter, who fled northwest from the scene, is white, about 5 feet, 9 inches, and was wearing a puffer jacket, a hoodie, black pants and black boots. He had a backpack with bright yellow zippers.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 313-596-2555 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEC-UP.