Family seeks answers in case of man shot dead while walking women to their car at illegal after-hours nightclub in Detroit

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DETROIT (WWJ) -- A Detroit family is pleading with the public for information about the murder of their loved one who was shot and killed outside a nightclub on the city's west side.

Crime Stoppers of Michigan says 29-year-old Dariius Poe was murdered early in the morning on Saturday, May 28, 2022, in the area of 8 Mile and Southfield Roads.

According to investigators, Poe was walking two women to their cars at the Wonderland Lounge, after 2 a.m., when he was shot by an unknown person. He died of his injuries.

Just over a month following the shooting, the Detroit Police Department raided shut down the business, which officials said was operating as an illegal after-hours nightclub.

Speaking to WDIV following the club's closure, DPD Deputy Chief Franklin Hayes said Wonderland ran for months without proper licensing or inspections.

"It's a nightclub with an extensive kitchen, ambient lighting, bar seating, showers, rooms that are off to the side... Don't know what goes on in there," Franklin told the TV station. Neighbors complained about the business, which operated daily from midnight until 5 a.m.

While the investigation into the murder outside the club continues, Crime Stoppers has announcing a cash reward of up to $2,650 for information leading to an arrest in the case.

And Poe's mother and other family members are set to speak about the case at a news conference scheduled for Monday, March 6.

Dariius Poe
Dariius Poe Photo credit Crime Stoppers of Michigan

Anyone with information about this crime should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP (1-800-773-2587). Tips may also be submitted online at this link.
As always, tipsters may stay 100% anonymous, will not be asked their names, to speak to police or to testify in court.

Cash rewards are paid by Crime Stoppers upon an arrest in a case.

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