Wilmer Martin

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Wilmer Martin, 48, was found dead of a stab wound to the chest at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday, August 20, 2005.  His body was found behind a shed on Spring St. near Apple Avenue.  Martin was known as “the shopping cart man” for his practice of wheeling his heavily laden shopping cart through Muskegon and Muskegon Heights neighborhoods.  Reports indicate that he wasn’t homeless; he rented a room in the Jackson Hill neighborhood.  Martin was a graduate of Muskegon Catholic Central.  According to his brother Marvin, Wilmer’s family believes that he was–at some point and in some fashion–given a drug, perhaps LSD, unaware and that gave rise to an underlying condition, something like schizophrenia.  “Wilmer was always cheerful and he’d give you the shirt off his back,” said Marvin.


Investigative Contact:
Silent Observer at 231.72-CRIME or Kory Luker at the Muskegon Police Department, 231.724.6755. (kory.luker@postman.org)

Date of Birth:
February 26, 1957

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Date of Death/Disappearance:
August 20, 2005

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Relative Links:
Muskegon Chronicle