Double Homicide Shocks Albion

By: Chris Sutter Email
By: Chris Sutter Email

It may be empty now, but Holland Park in Albion looked much different on Sunday.

The Friends and Family Incorporated Basketball Tournament was in full effect-- when it happened.

"It sounded like fireworks," George Arnold, who lives close, explains.

Witnesses say they were just watching a basketball game when seconds later, they hear multiple gunshots and turnaround to see a gunman and two victims in the Baptist church parking lot.

The victims are 20 year-old Henry Randy Williams and 28 year-old Ryan Ray Erwin-- both of Battle Creek.

After the smoke and crowd cleared, "Lanik" a mom who lives in the surrounding neighborhood, and wishes not to give her full name for the safety of her family, ran to the parking lot to see if the victims were OK.

When she got there, she couldn't believe what she was seeing.

"The man in the car had gun shots to his back and the man laying on the ground had gunshots to his head. He took his last breath and I saw that," "Lanik" says.

George Arnold watched the whole thing unfold from his closed-in porch and says this isn't the first form of violence he's seen in the park.

"There may be a fist fight or something like that occasionally," Arnold says.

But never a double homicide, and one thing is for sure, the death of two young men from Battle Creek has rocked Albion to its core.

"I've been the chief here for over four years, and this is the first time we've had a homicide. It is a senseless crime," Chief Eric Miller


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