Thursday, Nov. 10 — Multiple gunshots outside of a downtown
entertainment venue early Thursday morning left one man dead and a community
mourning, sources who knew the victim say.
Police have identified the victim as Ygnacio Bermudez Jr.,
35, the Lansing State Journal reports. Police responded to “numerous calls of
shots fired” this morning at about 2:15 a.m. near The Loft, 414 E. Michigan
Ave., where they found a “man lying on the sidewalk with multiple gunshot
wounds to his torso,” according to the LSJ.
Bermudez, who went by the nickname “Notch,” was hosting an
event at The Loft called “State of the Union Hip Hop Showcase” when he was
killed, a friend of Bermudez’s told City Pulse today. The friend asked not to
be identified out of personal safety.
Bermudez’s friend and two others placed flowers outside of
the venue this morning in remembrance of the man they called “big teddy bear.”
None of them were present at the shooting.
“He was trying to get Lansing to see Lansing,” the friend
said. “He was proud of anybody doing something and staying off the streets.”
According to the group, Bermudez hosted multiple events
throughout Lansing to promote local talent and the city itself. This was the
third time the State of the Union event had taken place at The Loft. The event
gives local rappers a chance to showcase their music on a stage.
The three friends first met Bermudez about two years ago and
have been attending his events and supporting him ever since. Bermudez also
organized a comedy event called Chocolate Ha Ha, which featured local
comedians. The next show was scheduled for Sunday.
The friend said Bermudez had a “positive mind,” volunteered
regularly and worked to stop violence and keep people off the streets.
A second source, who also asked to not be identified for
safety reasons, said Bermudez was very friendly and had a great sense of humor.
He supported anyone trying to make a name for themselves and would often offer
to help people with money, a ride or anything else, the source said.
The group added that Bermudez regularly gave back at the
Salvation Army and was planning a food drive event later this month for the
fourth consecutive year.
Bermudez leaves behind a wife, Anitra Hernandez, and a
six-year-old son Elijah, sources say.
“It’s just a really sad day today. I wish it was all a
dream,” Bermudez’s friend said.
MLive.com reports Lansing police officers are seeking an
arrest warrant, but that they “know who did it and are on the suspect’s trail.”