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Police identify women killed in Thursday shooting on Lansing's west side

Posted at 2:29 PM, Sep 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-20 11:00:12-04

LANSING, Mich. — Lansing police have identified the two woman killed in a Thursday shooting on the city's west side as 24-year-old Alexis Lynette Brown of Lansing and 46-year-old Michelle Marie Roper of Lansing.

Neighbors say the two were mother and daughter.
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Police were called to a home in the 1200 block of West Michigan Avenue shortly after 5:30 p.m. Thursday and found Roper and Brown dead with gunshot wounds. A 6-year-old boy was also shot. He was taken to a local hospital and was listed in stable condition.

Shantelle Coulter, Brown's girlfriend remembered getting the call, “I got the call about the house being shot up and I came straight here. I lost it.”

Police said 3-year-old Lilliana Reynolds and 4-year-old Zymani Reynolds were taken from the scene by their father, 23-year-old Brion Reynolds, and Gavin Anspach, 21. Both girls, who neighbors say are Brown's daughters, have since been found safe.

“Michelle...that woman...I’ll never forget her. She had my back more than anybody, especially when I was going through one of the hardest things of my life," close friend, leigh ALvarado reflected on Michelle Roper's life.

Anspach is custody. Reynolds is considered a suspect and is still at large.

Brion James Reynolds
Brion James Reyolds

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lansing Police Department at (517) 483-4600, Detective Sergeant Rick Thomas at (517) 483-6847, Crime Stoppers at (517) 483-7867, or send a private message through the Lansing Police Department Facebook page

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