‘RIP Champ’ community remembers barber killed on Lake Avenue

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Michael Lovett, Jr., also known as Champ, was “more than a barber. He was like an uncle, a big brother and a mentor,” according to Justin Geans. Champ had been cutting Justin’s hair since Justin was eight years old. 

Geans said he would go to Champ’s barbershop when he didn’t need a haircut. 

“(He was) very spiritual,” Geans said. “If you had a problem on your heart and you wanted to talk about it, he’ll sit there and talk with you. There’s been plenty of times that I come up here to talk or just want to get away from home. The game’s playing. We’ll come up here and watch the game. z9it was) just a bunch of guys just having a good time.” 

April 9th, Champ was killed outside of his barbershop. Although two weeks have passed since Champ’s murder, the community is still in mourning. 

“I like to talk to him,” said Lukias Warner who occasionally will walk to Champ’s barbershop and sit in front of the no closed building. “I’m always going to be back down here sometimes because I like to talk to him. I always like to tell him how my day went and that I’m going to miss him when I leave, yeah.” 

Lukias saw Champ as a father figure so when Champ died, it hit him a little harder than most. Lukias said his own father is in prison so when Champ was killed Lukias said it was “like losing my father all over again.” 

An autpsy revealed Champ died from multiple gunshot wounds. Police have issued an arrest warrant for James Dodson, Jr., whom they suspect killed Champ. If you have any information on his whereabouts, you’re urged to call police. 

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