Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Once again we have what police are calling a homicide in Ypsilanti and no confirmation of a suspect in custody connected to the murder. On March 26, Gary Schneider was found dead in his Charles Street home not far from Ypsilanti's Depot Town section. Unfortunately this scenario is all too familiar to the city. A unsolved murder with no definite suspects reminds one of the Julia Niswender case. As most folks in the local area know, Eastern Michigan University student Julia Niswender was found dead from a apparent homicide in her apartment in 2012. Her case remains unsolved with very little information given to the community about the murder case.

In the latest homicide Schneider was found by police dead in his house on the floor. According to police statements to Fox News Detroit the victim was killed by a "cutting instrument". According to Fox News Detroit later that day a man was arrested in nearby Prospect Park. According to reports the man who was arrested had "mental issues." Further, it was not clear that the man who was arrested was connected to the Charles Street murder. Very puzzling.

As in the Niswender homicide I am once again wondering why there is little or no information about the Charles Street murder of Gary Schneider? Is there a unknown killer out there? Do police have any leads or suspects in the case? Should people in the community be concerned for their safety?

Once again there has been an apparent homicide in the city and little information given to the public. The Charles Street murder remains a mystery.

Jeff Brown

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