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Murder victim's mother speaks out

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There are still no arrests in the murder of a Toledo man shot and killed more than a week ago. Tonight the victim's mother is speaking out.

"He loved life," says Michael Macklin Jr's mother Kenya Franklin.

Macklin Jr. was shot and killed inside his car more than a week ago at the intersection of Greenwood and Walden.
     
He graduated from Bowsher High School. His mother says he was recently hired at Johnson Controls. He was off work the night he was killed. His mom says he went to a local bar to hang out.  

"From what we are hearing, there was a lot of drama going on, a lot of fighting," she says. "They say the police tased a couple of people, and they were just pushing everybody out, so they left out."

Minutes later, someone fired more than a dozen rounds at Macklin's car. Police say the young man was sitting in the driver's seat. Officers believe he was trying to get away from people who may have gotten into a fight with him at the bar.

In connection to that shooting, investigators are trying to identify the driver of a light colored SUV seen in video that was taken from a TPD sky cop camera shortly before the murder.

"We've had a lot of people just giving information and tips to the detective and people have been calling Crime Stoppers when they see similar vehicles," says Franklin. "It's overwhelming, because there were two murders and people have the two Michael's mixed up."

Franklin wants the public to know her son, Michael Macklin Jr., was not a gang member.

"He worked hard. He was a young man just trying to find himself. He liked hanging with his brothers they stayed on the east side. A lot of people were saying he was East side in a gang, but that's where his dad stayed and his brother stays" she says.    

His mother says that's a stereotype most people give black murder victims in Toledo. She's asking for the public's help in solving her son's murder.

"If you really know who did it, just come forth, because he didn't do anything to anybody," she says.    

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