UPDATED: Family of Detroit homicide victim visits Fort Wayne to plead for tips in man’s death

Keith Beasley holds a program for the celebration of life of his son, Aaron, who was shot and killed in Detroit. Investigators believe his killer is from Fort Wayne. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
From left, Keith Beasley, father of Detroit homicide victim Aaron Beasley; detective James Kraszewski of the Detroit Police Department's homicide department; and Sydney Beasley, Aaron Beasley's sister, visited Fort Wayne on Monday to seek tips on the killer. Investigators believe his killer is from Fort Wayne. Not seen is Tina Beasley, Aaron Beasley's mother. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
The family of Detroit homicide victim Aaron Beasley wore buttons in his memory Monday at a news conference to seek the identity of his killer, who's believed to be from Fort Wayne. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Tina Beasley shows a heart-shaped picture of her and her son, Aaron. Her daughter had the image made into a necklace after Aaron was shot and killed. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that charges against Lamont Carpenter were dismissed without prejudice.

Aaron Denard Beasley was a young businessman in Detroit. At 28 years old he had created a legal marijuana dispensary business and had returned from a tour for a recording artist he managed. On the night of Oct. 25, his father, Keith, had called to tell Aaron he had closed on the building for the event rental company that Aaron had helped him with since he was 8 years old. It was where the father and son had created a mentoring program for youths 13-30 to keep them from getting involved in crime. They would come into Keith Beasley’s business and learn about entrepreneurship.

They made plans to celebrate the building purchase after Aaron attended an event, but 3 hours later Keith got a call that his son had been shot and killed.

“It’s ironic that the youth that we (were) trying to save and teach the right way was the same (type of) youth who took his life,” Keith Beasley said of his son’s killer.

Keith Beasley sat with his daughter, Sydney, 26, with detective James Kraszewski of the Detroit Police Department’s homicide department between them Monday at the Fort Wayne Police Department. They came to ask for help to find the third unknown Fort Wayne suspect in Aaron Beasley’s death, a man around 20 years of age who’s considered armed and dangerous – and walking Fort Wayne’s streets. Off to the side sat Aaron’s mother, Tina, who like other family members, was wearing a button with her son’s photo on it, along with a heart-shaped photo of her and Aaron that Sydney had made into a necklace after Aaron died. Tina Beasley cried softly as

One Fort Wayne man, Quantry Brown, 18, contacted Beasley through social media with the understanding that he’d purchase marijuana, for which Beasley had a license to legally sell in Michigan, according to Kraszewski. Another man, Lamont Carpenter, 20, allegedly drove Brown and the third unknown man to Detroit, where Beasley was shot multiple times at his home during a robbery, Kraszewski said. His killer is seen on surveillance images and video that Crime Stoppers in Detroit has. The image is on a reward poster for information on the man’s identity.

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“He is the one out on your streets right now,” Kraszewski said.

Both Brown and Carpenter were charged in the crime. However, murder and robbery charges against Carpenter were dismissed without prejudice in January, and he remains part of the investigation,

Kraszewski said.

Call with tips

Call Crime Stoppers of Michigan 1-800-SPEAK-UP (1-800-773-2587) and/or the Fort Wayne Police Department’s detective bureau number 260-427-1201.

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