Police in Michigan investigate murder of Latvian émigré

Police in Kalamazoo, Mich., are investigating the suspected murder of an 88-year-old Latvian émigré who was found dead in his home on Aug. 23.

Alfrēds Minka lived on Brookmont Street on Kalamazoo’s northeast side. Police were sent to the home at 10:27 p.m. and found Minka dead on the floor.

Police are continuing their investigation and are seeking the public’s help, Kalamazoo Public Safety Lt. David O’Strander said in a press release. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact police by telephone at +1 (269) 337-8994 or anonymously through the Kalamazoo County Silent Observer program at +1 (269) 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

Minka’s wife, Gaida, died in August 2012, according to an obituary in the Kalamazoo Gazette. The couple married in 1951 and raised four children while being active members of the Kalamazoo Latvian community.

Alfrēds Minka served seven years as head of the Kalamazoo Latvian Association (Kalamazū latviešu biedrība), according to the American Latvian Association’s Immigration Documentation Database (Amerikas latviešu apvienības imigrācijas dokumentācijas datubāze).

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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