Victim's Family Makes A Plea For Help

By: John Tramontana Email
By: John Tramontana Email

"We're sad. We're devastated."

Less than 24 hours after Richard Leach passed away, his family is left looking for answers.

"There is no suspect in custody. They have no leads," said Leach's ex-wife Julie Thorne.

Three weeks ago, the 53-year-old Leach was brutally assaulted near the intersection of MLK and Cavanaugh. He was on his way to the convenience store at the time.

"He was a great guy. A great friend," said his daughter Nichole Burch. "Someone you could always talk to."

Ten days ago his family took him off life support after doctors told them he'd never recover. Now, friends and family are pulling together to take action.

"We as a community need to stand up against these people and say we've had enough," Thorne added.

They're hanging fliers and posters hoping someone will come forward.

"Someone knows something. We need help from anybody that has anything."

But even with their cry for help, they're still taking time to mourn his loss. Leach was Lansing's 15th homicide victim of the year. But relatives say he was so much more.

"He loved his babies. He loved his children. He loved his grandkids."

While many say Leach will live on in their hearts, they can't have any closure, until his killer is caught.

"I hope the police get on it and find us justice because my father deserves, at least, justice," hoped Burch.

Justice for man, friends say, was only at the wrong place at the wrong time.

There is a $4,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest.

The family plans to hold a private memorial service next week. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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