Family of slain security guard wants gunman to turn himself in

Published: Oct. 23, 2015 at 2:14 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2016 at 9:33 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A grieving family wants the person responsible for the murder of their loved one to turn himself in.

Police now say they are confident that a suspect will be named soon in connection with the murder of security guard Michael Henry.

Tears flowed as loved ones mourned the loss of a man many saw as not only a security guard by trade, but a protector by calling.

"He would put his life on the line for anybody and that's pretty much how he went out as a hero to me," said the victim's daughter Kristina Henry.

Michael Henry was shot and killed while working as a security guard at the Thrifty Liquor store in the 8400 block of Linwood Ave. last week.

Store employees wouldn't go on camera, but say Henry made them feel safe.

"His life wasn't in vain, he did God's work and he did God's will," added Kristina Henry.

The impact that Michael Henry made on the lives of others was evident by the many filled pews inside Redemption Evangelistic Ministries in Shreveport.

The vigil was held to remember the former brother in blue.

"He always looked out for everyone but himself," recalled Kristina Henry.

In the midst tragedy, those who knew Michael Henry tried their best to focus on his luminous personality rather than their loss.

"People say he never met a stranger, he would always bring light with his appearance," said Kristina Henry.

Police say while the gunman may have gotten away with cash, the real loss was what the robber stole from the Henry family.

"For the guy who did it, honestly, I just feel like I pray for him that God has mercy on his soul," said Kristina Henry.

The gunman remains on the run, but the family says they've found peace within this tragedy.

"I have no hate in my heart for him because everything happens for a reason," said Kristina Henry.

Shreveport Police are asking anyone with any information on the case to call Crime Stoppers at 318-673-7373.

Cedar Grove residents also introduced a petition to bring a police precinct to their neighborhood in hopes of reducing crime.

The petition is expected to be presented to the mayor and the city council.

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