Detroit Police Investigating Wyandotte Man's Death

Enrique "Ricky" Zepeda Jr. was killed Saturday. He leaves behind a young daughter.

Detroit police are investigating the death of a 22-year-old Wyandotte man.

was killed Saturday on the 1500 block of Military in southwest Detroit.

Police are releasing few details as the case is still under investigation.

Zepeda, a 2007 graduate, was a standout wrestler who went on to attend Henry Ford Community College.

Friend Wendy Velazquez said Zepeda was always smiling.

“Celebrate his life, give thanks, stand tall, mourn for him through your laughter (as) he lives through the memories that so many captured,” she said. “He was a blessing and a legend. He touched many lives and brought joy to many hearts.”

Zepeda had a young daughter, Adelina. On his Facebook page, Zepeda lists one of his activities as “I Love Being a Daddy.” A photo of his daughter is the main photo on his page.

Friends and family have posted heartfelt messages on his Facebook page, writing about their elementary school days together, trips to and seeing the joy that becoming a dad made Zepeda.

His father, Enrique Zepeda Sr., said he’s been reading the messages despite it being difficult to do so.

“Going through all of these posts and pictures and my heart is breaking,” he wrote. “I miss you more than words can say. I love you and will never stop missing you everyday. … I would like to say thank you to everyone on here that has genuine love for my baby boy Ricky. Rest in paradise my precious son. I have faith in God that he will find the people that took you from us.”

Zepeda also is survived by his mother, Yvette Alvarado Morales; his siblings, Carlos, Antonio Gillum, Sebastian, Eliana Alvarado and Venessa Flowers; and his grandparents, Sylvia and Filiberto Alvarado, and Margerita Sanchez and Netahualcoytl Zapeda.

handled the arrangements. A funeral service was held Friday morning at . His body was cremated.

s.kat19 October 28, 2011 at 08:38 PM
He has TWO daughters! Adelina and Savannah! Beautiful babies who now are watched over by their daddy, they're gaurdian angel <3 RIP RICKY!
Jason Alley (Editor) October 28, 2011 at 09:01 PM
Thanks for the info. We also received word through Facebook that Ricky has two daughters. The obituary information we received from the funeral home lists one daughter. We certainly meant no disrespect.
Jennifer Derry October 29, 2011 at 01:13 AM
Its actually debatable, which is why Savannah was left out.
erika October 29, 2011 at 04:22 AM
Umm no the reason why savannah was left out was because that was ignorance at its best that is Rickys daughter put on some damn glasses and look at her! Thanks! Its messed up Ricky doesn't have a voice and you all think you can say things like this keep your Petty comments to yourself she isn't your daughter so please mind you're own this ain't you're place to say anything and no matter what is said and done my daughter will NEVER left out of anything she doesn't need a introduction you all know who she is, plain and simple so keep you're comments to yourself everyone until you know the facts 100% sincerely yours, Erika :)
Jennifer Derry October 29, 2011 at 05:28 AM
RELAX Erika. Spewing out in anger is not the way you need to take out your sadness right now. You knew things like this were going to happen at some point. I'm not taking sides. I'm just explaining to people why Savannah was left out. Ricky wouldnt want anybody arguing at this point. This is a time of mourning.
Nicole October 29, 2011 at 08:06 AM
Its obviously Nobodys Place to Make that Judgement.As Far As I Can See from Plenty of Pictures&Obviously the Letter to Erika Right After the Baby was Born,He did Recognize Savannah as His Daughter.Its Pretty Sad&Pathedic that in This Time of Tragedy-Immature People would Put Their Opinions where it doesnt belong..
erika October 29, 2011 at 08:50 AM
I am always relaxed, trust that. Just don't understand why you or anybody else can have the nerve to bring up our daughter like you knew the truth. Through alllll of this BS I stood my ground, kept my head high, and smiled at all the negativity. We knew the truth and that's all that matters so if its not your place to put something about my daughter than don't that's all I ask. If someone is curious about savannah than they can write me PERIOD!
kayla October 29, 2011 at 12:32 PM
In the time of rickys death you would think people would mend old wounds because he was a great man that would want his daughters treated equally as well as grow up together. These girls are the only things left of him.. this should be a time of peace not ignorance.
John Hetzler (Editor) October 29, 2011 at 01:09 PM
Please use this forum in a respectful manner, particularly in dealing with such a tragic situation. Thank you.
Court & Adelina Lynn <3 October 29, 2011 at 03:07 PM
This picture is Our first Easter together..! I remember that day and how happy we were....You are very loved & respected my Pretty Riicky<3...Lina will always remember her Daddy..Thanks to everyone that has showed their support and paid their respects, its comforting knowing how Ricky left sooooo many positive impacts on peoples lives.. ~*Forever in our Hearts*~
erika October 29, 2011 at 05:00 PM
I remember that Easter <3 I talked to your mom Courtney you should give me a call since there is no problem.
George Morales October 29, 2011 at 09:28 PM
Out of respect for my son, Ricky, can EVERYONE please refrain from making a public comment? This is not the time nor place. Ricky has always cared about his reputation and positive image. It takes a lifetime to build a reputation, such as Ricky's, but only one moment to tear it down. ~Thank you, Ricky's mom: Evie Alvarado Morales
Qaz October 29, 2011 at 11:04 PM
There seems to be a lot of negativity here... More energy should be focused on those who caused this tragedy!!
Stephanie October 30, 2011 at 02:06 AM
Ricky had a beautiful heart. He was a wonderful dad to both his beautiful little girls. He will be missed very much.<3 & to Ricky's mom. Your families in my prayer and I'm sorry for your loss!
Sue` October 30, 2011 at 02:11 AM
I am sure Ricky is looking down shaking his head....What a terrible thing to do to a poor innocent baby. He loved that baby no matter what any of your opinions are. You should really be ashamed of yourselves. I am very sorry Erika that you have to be subjected to such ignorance. Protect your daughter and know that she was her daddy's world!!
Brittany October 30, 2011 at 06:52 PM
Sue, you summed up my (and a lot of people's) thoughts PERFECTLY
Stephanie November 03, 2011 at 01:14 AM
That is pretty sad that in a time like this you wouldn't have some where else to focus your energy like who took such a kind, loving and noble man away from his 2 beautiful daughters. I don't think Ricky would appreciate the way his little girl is being discluded though. regaurdless of what anyone think he acknowledged that baby and she has an album labled "Savannah Zepeda" on his Facebook.
Doug November 04, 2011 at 07:16 PM
Thank you to the author for writing this article reflecting the positive person Ricky is and not getting side tracked with drama. To Ricky's mom you were his #1 person in his life, you raised him well!! Thank you for sharing Ricky with so many people who love him. God Bless you and Ricky's family.
Nikki Garcia November 05, 2011 at 09:46 PM
Ricky,What a person I got to know him better about 3 years ago. We somehow dated a brother and sister in two different family's.Lol.But I really got a better look at the character of him when we all lived together this last year.I seen how great of a fiance he was to Erika,his strong attributes as a man & his joy of being a father and new father to be.All his efforts and cares while she was pregnant, making sure she stayed stress free,ate right& all the late night false alarms to the hospital.You were always there,with that lil pep in your step we use to tease you on so much.(haha) But all the holidays together, our thankful prayers we had on thanksgiving.We all really became a "family".There's really too many great memories to mention,but the day you asked for help with purposing to Erika,the geeked feeling and nervousness you had on your face was and will be forever priceless.What a nerd you really were. You touched so many hearts, and threw all the things we all went through living together,none of us would ever do anything different.I know the love you and Erika shared& just because some people forgot about that,doesn't mean I will.Savannah will always be left with the comfort of her mommy&daddy's life they had together, because after all "A true love story, never ends". Thank you for the decision on making us the "God" parents, I promise we'll do our best to leave an everlasting memory of you for your baby girl Savannah.From Me,Andy& the kids, We love&miss you dearly.


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