Helena-West Helena Police Department investigators have identified the body of a 23-year-old black male who was found shot to death in a residential area of the city late Tuesday evening, July 28.

Helena-West Helena Police Department investigators have identified the body of a 23-year-old black male who was found shot to death in a residential area of the city late Tuesday evening, July 28.

H–WHPD Chief Virgil Green reported Thursday, July 30 in a press release that the victim’s identity was established as that of one Fredrick Willis of Helena-West Helena. Green went on to report that detectives are currently following up on leads but still have no clue as to the motive for the shooting.

Investigators have determined that Willis was shot in another location and his body was left in the area of College and Adams streets. Willis had sustained several gunshots to the upper body. A passing motorist discovered his body around 10:30 p.m. on July 28.

According to Green, investigators have interviewed several people who may have been with the victim before the shooting. At this time, no arrest has been made in connection with the shooting.

“At this time, we’re asking the public for assistance,” commented Green. “If anyone knows anything at all about this shooting, contact the Helena-West Helena Police Department and speak with our investigators. Call 870-572-3441.

In an ironic twist, Elijah Mondy, owner of Radio Station KJIW FM told The Helena World that Willis was the “alleged trigger-man” in an incident in which Mondy was shot and seriously wounded on April 29, 2013. Mondy was attempting to be a “Good Samaritan” by helping a man who he and his wife found lying in the street while driving through downtown Helena.

“I came really close to dying that night,” recalled Mondy.

According to Helena-West Helena Police reports, a then 20-year-old Willis was allegedly lying on the side of the road on Porter Street, pretending to be hurt. Mondy and his wife stopped to help but police say that’s when Frank Ross Jr. and two juveniles came out of the darkness. They were armed and attempted to rob the Mondys.

Mrs. Mondy was driving and attempted to speed away but a shot was fired striking Mondy in the chest. Another driver who reported he was nearly robbed in the same manner as the Mondys identified Willis.

Willis was one of four suspects charged in the incident.

According to Mondy, Willis was sentenced to six years in prison for his part in the crime in May 2014. Approximately eight months later Willis was released by the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

“The prosecution did not know neither the police or myself,” stated Mondy. “I complained to state officials.”

Since that incident Mondy has been a crusader against violent crime in this small Delta community.

“Even though he was involved in my shooting, I am very sorry for him,” continued Mondy. “I talked with him face-to-face before he was sentenced about getting his life in order and not returning to the same environment that helped bring on this crime after he served his time. He and his lawyer promised me he was going to write to me those eight months. I am sorry that he did not.”