Family of Battle Creek deadly shooting victim plea for help finding killer

The family of 22-year-old Khari Davis is pleading for help. (WWMT/Contributed)

The family of 22-year-old Khari Davis is pleading for help.

Davis was shot and killed Tuesday. His body was discovered in a running car at Claude Evans Park near the intersection of North Washington Avenue and Parkway Drive in Battle Creek around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

There are still no suspects, and police are asking for more witnesses to come forward.

"I was the youngest, and he was my big brother," said an emotional Kelley Patton. "We talked all the time. We argued, we'd fight, but we got along."

Patton said her brother Khari could light up a room with his smile as he often did for her on the darkest of days.

There was never a day as dark as Tuesday when, while at work, she learned her brother had been shot.

"I left work and I went to the hospital and my brother was dead when I got to the hospital," she said.

The two did speak over the phone before she went to work Tuesday. The last thing he said to her was that he'd call her back.

"It hurts really bad, and you can't describe the feeling, and you don't know until it's you, and it really hurts," she said. "It's frustrating because people know what happened to my brother and don't want to speak up and say that they saw someone kill my brother."

"There's another 22, 23-year-old gone," said Kingdom Builders Worldwide Pastor Tino Smith.

Smith shares Patton's frustration. He has worked closely with families of Battle Creek murder victims.

"We got to understand this is about a life," Smith said. "We got to get a relationship with the police department and the community, because he we go again - no one is willing to do talk."

Police say they've gotten some tips they're vetting. At this point, they don't know the motive or events that led up to the shooting.

“I know my brother wasn’t perfect, but nobody is," Kelley said. "He was perfect enough for me and he was a good person, and anybody who came in contact with him would tell you the same thing."

Police are asking anyone who was in the park at the time of the shooting to call them or Silent Observer at 269-964-3888.