Death – Man charged in deadly Christmas Eve shooting in Grand Rapids

Death – Obituary


Dequan Keuonte Nelson (Kent County Correctional Facility)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man has been charged in connection to a deadly shooting in Grand Rapids on Christmas Eve.

Dequan Kemonte Nelson, 33, of Grand Rapids, was arraigned Monday in 61st District Court on open murder and firearm charges in the death of Hope Latrese Cutts.

A photo of Hope Cutts. (courtesy)

Cutts, 43, was found inside a residence on Cass Avenue SE near the intersection of Pleasant Street SE with a gunshot wound to the chest. She was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to the Grand Rapids Police Department.

Tiara Spence, Cutts’ sister, told News 8 that she doesn’t know much about the man that killed her sister though she believes the two met while she was living in the residence where she had been shot.

It’s run by Well House of Grand Rapids, which is a nonprofit organization that provides permanent, shared, low-cost housing to individuals in the community, according to its website. The nonprofit couldn’t be reached for comment.

Cutts’ family has set up a GoFundMe account for people to make donations to help pay for funeral expenses. 

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject's life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.