Billboards Popping Up Around Kalamazoo Seek Justice For Erik Cross
Erik Cross, just 16, was found dead by his father near their home in Vicksburg June of 1983. Initially it was reported as a hit and run accident. Further investigation showed that Erik Cross' death may have been intentional. Some of Erik's family remained in the area, often hearing rumors and tips alleging that those responsible for Cross's death conspired to make it look like a hit and run to hide the teen's murder.
After decades, in the fall of 2017, then Under Sheriff Paul Matyas requested arrest warrants for murder for five suspects believed to be connected to Cross’ death. It was one of Matyas last acts as Kalamazoo County Under Sheriff. Cross' family thought they would finally see justice for the teens death. Now years later the Kalamazoo Prosecutors Office still has failed to grant the requests for warrants. And family and friends are seeking Michigan's Attorney General Nessel's help, just as they sought her predecessor's.
Events scheduled throughout the month seek to bring more awareness and get Michigan's current attorney general to take action. Billboards have begun popping up in and around Kalamazoo and Vicksburg with more still to come, including one in the state capital, Lansing.
A can drive was held Wednesday evening in Vicksburg and another will take place on Wednesday September 11th at Bert's Bakery located at Westnedge and Kilgore from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. On September 18th, Erik's Army will be going to the Lansing Capital building to do a "Peaceful Walk for Justice for Erik Cross." They say that perhaps Attorney General Nessel could help the decades old cold case move forward.