WLNS: "Family shares story in light of National Crime Victims' Rights Week"

"LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Today is the last day of National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

To raise awareness, one local family is sharing how their experience affected them.

Michael McKissic II was shot while standing on the front porch of a home in Lansing in 2015. He later died at the hospital.

Police still haven't found his killer, so now his family wants to make sure his memory stays alive.

"I was only 12 when my brother passed away, and it really hurt a lot," said Imani McKissic.

"Mikey, we had a good relationship, we were competitive a lot, I was taller than him at the time," said Mikey's brother Corey Morris.

Imani McKssic and Corey Mrris lost their brother Mikey just less than four years ago.

"Me and my brother was really close, he was really strict on me because I was the younger sister so, he really didn't like me to do a lot of stuff," said Imani McKissic.

In light of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, they want to make sure his memory stays alive.

"Nobody wants to lose a brother, a sister, a mom," said Morris.

Studies show that more than 580 people were murdered in Michigan in 2016.

That's why Blaine Koops, the executive director of the Michigan Sheriff's Association, and Danielle Patrick with Crimestoppers of mid-Michigan, want people affected to know they're not alone.

"They have neighbors and friends that are out there supporting them in the event that there's a tragedy in the community, but number two, that they can actively get involved in their community," said Koops.

That's exactly what the McKissics' did.

The family started the Mikey 23 Foundation, in hopes of helping young men learn a trade, while remembering Mikey's favorite hobby. 

"Starting Mikey 23 is one of those things that as a family we said we're going to start a foundation in his name, so we can reach out to not just youth, but people around us," said Michael McKissic.

Mikey's father, Michael McKissic, wants people to know that if you know something, don't be afraid to speak up.

"When you see something wrong, go ahead and report it because it's someone's loved one and it's going to affect them, so you don't want that continuing to happen, so we as a community gather around and take care of our own and we'll be better off," said Michael McKissic.

Mikey's murder is still unsolved.

If you know anything, you can call Crimestoppers at (517) 483-STOP. Remember, you can remain anonymous.

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