7 men arrested for two-week Detroit killing spree

7 men arrested for two-week Detroit killing spree

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DETROIT (WJBK) -

Seven men are arrested in connection with what police say is a two-week killing spree in Detroit. Police believe the spree started with the murder of two teenage boys from Westland.

The bodies of 18-year-old Jake Kudla and 17-year-old Jourdan Bobbish were found in a field on Detroit's east side late July of 2012. They had been missing for about a week.

The boys' families eventually learned they visited an uncle's house, then went to a gas station looking to buy drugs. Investigators say they met with a group of guys who drove them to a house, robbed them, drove them to a field on Lyford Street and shot them to death.

"Yes, these are some god-awful people that need to be off the street," Melissa Villneff tells Fox 2's Taryn Asher. Police believe the suspects also killed her father, 62-year-old John Villneff.

Police say on that day the group broke in and robbed a house, pistol whipped a 16-year-old boy and shot and killed John Villneff, a veteran and two-time Purple Heart recipient.

But the alleged killing spree continues.

Just hours later, in the early-morning hours of August 9, police believe some of the men are involved in a carjacking and used a woman to lure a 25-year-old man into an apartment building, robbing and killing him.

The first suspect was arrested in connection with John Villneff's murder and the rest slowly started to trickle in after that as, police say, the men began to turn on each other.  
The suspects have been locked up for months, and some are already convicted for Villneff's murder.

The men arrested in connection with the killing spree are Felando Hunter, Fredrick Young, brothers Reco and Aquire Simmons, Michael Evans, Michael Montgomery and Brandon Crawford.

But the families of Kudla and Bobbish are still waiting for justice.

"Maybe if those evil hood rats can pay for their crimes maybe I can close that chapter and continue to grieve," Virgie Kudla says. "The mommy side of me? I am beyond angry. But the logical side of me - I know that things take time," she continues.

Police believe two of the seven men are responsible for the murders of the Westland teens, but say the suspects, their crimes and the witnesses are all connected. Police also say they have handed over a warrant to the prosecutors office.

Click on the video player above to watch Asher's report and hear more from the victims' families.

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