Family remembers 25-year-old shot and killed outside home

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton’s West Grand Avenue blocked off by crime scene tape on Tuesday morning, after a 25-year-old man was found dead outside his home.

Devan Sanders’ body was discovered by family members who dialed 911. 

“My brother was found dead outside on the side of our house,” the caller told dispatch. “…My mom found him this morning and she woke me up screaming.”

Sanders’ cousin Maurice Curtis among several friends and family gathered at the scene, grieving the loss of man they described as well-liked, charitable, and always doing the right thing.

“I don’t get it. Who would have done something like this?” Curtis asked. “All the good people – it seems like we’re dropping like flies.”

He continued: “He’s the type of guy – he went to Flint, Michigan when they had their water situation. He went out there with cases of water. Drove out his way, just to drop off cases of water.”

Who shot Sanders is still under investigation.

Family members say he still had his keys, wallet, and phone in his pockets.

They say he usually gets off work at 7am, and worked two jobs at Walgreens and Haven Behavioral Hospital.

“He’s a dependable guy,” Curtis said. “He’s nice, he’s smart, he’s intelligent. He’s a hard worker.”

Neighbors say crime has become an issue in the area and they want to see an end to the violence.

Damita Gay lives just down the street from where it happened.

“Shocking. But things happen over here,” Gay said. “Fed up. Real fed up. I’m at the point where I’m thinking about moving.”

Rodney Stark was just passing through the area.

“This is becoming all too familiar scene – not just here in Dayton but across the nation,” Stark said. “I’m disgusted. These are children out here being gunned down for nothing. For absolutely nothing.”

Dayton Police Department sergeant Creigee S. Coleman said officers are still looking for a suspect.

“If the public saw something or heard something – let the police department know so we can try to solve this crime,” Coleman said. “So we can help the family have some type of closure. Because that’s what they’re looking for – they want to know why this happened to their family member.”

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