Shooting Victim’s Family Speaks Out

Police have identified the woman who was shot on July 4th in Lansing's Adado Riverfront Park.

She is 34-year-old Michelle Packard, a Michigan State University student who was about to finish her PhD.

2 years, 7 months and 20 days ago, Wesley Thomas' life changed.

Thomas: “She was the most amazing woman that I have ever met.”

He says he and Michelle both knew instantly, they were perfect for each other.

Thomas: “I asked her to marry me this last November and in June of 2013 we were to be married.”

But on Wednesday night, their plans derailed.

While waiting for fireworks to begin in Lansing, it seemed as if Michelle started having a seizure but at the hospital doctors found a bullet lodged in her head.

Thomas: “I am devastated beyond words that I possess and have no words to express the true depth of the loss I feel.”

Police say they don't think the bullet came from inside or even near the park and they're still looking for answers.@

Captain Daryl Green, Lansing Police Department: “This is obviously an anomaly– we're working on the case, we did neighborhood canvasses and we're trying to talk to any and everybody who might have information on this case.”

Michelle's family, at times overcome by grief, is trying to remember her for the happy woman she was.

Thomas: “With her friends, Michelle spent her time laughing, laughing a lot, I loved her laugh, I'd find any excuse to make her laugh.”

While she's no longer here to laugh, part of her will live on through her decision to donate her organs.

Thomas: “Even though she's gone– her contributions to the word, still go on.”

And so does the memory of a woman, gone too soon.

Police are looking for your help in this case.

If you have any information about someone firing a gun within the city that night, you are asked to call Lansing Police at 517-483-6859

or you can also call Crimestoppers at 517-483-stop.

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