Reward offered for info on death of Benton Harbor man

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BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - A $2,000 reward is now being offered for information leading to an arrest in the shooting death of a 34-year-old man. The Iron Workers Union of South Bend matched the Benton Harbor Police Department’s reward of $1,000 to bring it to that total.

Around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, police were called to the 700 block of Pavone Street. That's where they found Jonah Anderson shot and slumped over on the front steps of his house.

Police discovered the father of three unresponsive and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Mr. Anderson was a loving husband,” said Daniel McGinnis, Deputy Director of Public Safety for Benton Harbor. “He was the father of three children, co-worker, neighbor, business owner, union member. For all intents and purposes he was probably the epitome of a citizen of any community and for his life to be tragically taken in this manner -- it was unconscionable and unacceptable.”

Friends, loved ones, and neighbors were stunned to hear the news.

"It was shocking, first off, because it was right across the street from my family's house and we got a lot of children over there," said Terry Hall, whose family lives across the street. "And, secondly, it's because the guy don't bother nobody. So, yeah. It was pretty shocking."

Anderson leaves behind a widow, mother and three children between the ages of 5 and 14.

“This was a senseless death,” said his widow, Delores Anderson. “My husband was an honorable man who didn't bother anybody.”

Because he kept to himself, neighbors fear he was the victim of a random crime. Police could not say for certain that this was the case.

"Me personally, I think it was a robbery or something that went bad," Hall said. "Because, this guy was a good guy. He didn't bother nobody. "

Police haven't made any arrests in the case. Anyone with information should call the Benton Harbor Detective Bureau at 269-927-8435.

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