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MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — A Michigan State Police helicopter is flying over the cities of Muskegon Heights and Muskegon Friday after several violent crimes in the area.

There have been seven homicides in Muskegon Heights, a city of less than 11,000 people, since late April.

Marquis Gresham, Robert Lee Dawson, Rayshun Day, Jake Rameau, Dmetrius Washington, Sandra Detty and just last Thursday Dequarius Love have all been killed.

“It’s all about helping the folks on the ground and its all about keeping the people in the community safe. That’s what we want to do,” said Sgt. Jerry King with Michigan State Police.

King said the chopper gives police an advantage, the pilot are not only able to see where suspects are, but also where they aren’t.

“Its a force multiplier and by that I mean, we can see 10 or 15 blocks at a time from our altitude versus one unit seeing a quarter of a block. So it gives us the ability of seeing a lot of ground at one time,” said King.

The chopper came to help after requests from a local MSP post, Muskegon Police and Muskegon Heights Police.

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