Man Identified who was Murdered and Found Wrapped in a Tarp in Southwest Detroit

DETROIT, MI – The identity of the man found wrapped in a blue tarp in the Delray area of Detroit has been positively identified as 45-year-old Donald Keens.

Keens was found murdered near the intersection of South Leigh Street & Melville Street in Southwest Detroit on Wednesday September 18th, 2019. He had been reported as a missing person to Detroit Police.  He had last been seen on September 11th in the 500 block of West Grixdale Street in Detroit at around 11:20 p.m. by his girlfriend.

It is noted that 500 West Grixdale Street and South Leigh Street are almost 15 miles apart. Please refer to the map below for reference. It is believed that his girlfriend lives near the Grixdale address.

Donnie’s body was found near South Leigh Street and Melville Street but had last been seen alive by his girlfriend near 500 West Grixdale.

Keens was found beat to death.  He was so severely beaten that it took extra time to identify him because he was unrecognizable. The circumstances surrounding his murder are not currently known and there are no suspects in custody. Many times when a person is beaten to death the way that Donald Keen’s had been, it is personal. Meaning that very possibly it was someone who he knew.

Donald Keens was known by a couple of different names.  Those included Don, Donnie or Q. He was said to be a kind and gentle soul. It has been evident by those who have shared information about him, he was well liked. His death is a huge shock to those who were close to him.

A GoFundMe account has been established to assist the family with funeral expenses.  If you would like to contribute to that fund, Please Click Here.

No further information is available at this time.  Please check back for updates.

A vigil was held for Don Keens at 8:30PM this evening near the intersection of South Leigh Street & Melville Street in Southwest Detroit. Several people attended the gathering to pay respects to the man.

Photo Credit: Bobbie Currie

If you have any information about this crime, you are asked to please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SpeakUp or Detroit Police Homicide at 313-596-5935.

MI Headlines wishes to extend sincere condolences to his family and friends.

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