Local filmmaker's attention turns to the unsloved murder of Joel Battaglia
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Patrick Center June 11, 2014 | WGVU “I think it’s about here. It might be 10 feet that way, it might be seven feet that way, here, right in front of 1065, this is where his body was found.”
Filmmaker David Schock stands along Lakeshore Drive in Eastown pointing toward the concrete sidewalk. This is where Joel Battaglia was beaten and left for dead after leaving Mulligan’s bar at closing time the morning of June 11, 1990.
“He was unidentified for a day in the morgue and only by a tattoo on his right ankle was he finally identified that was put out to the news media and that’s what lead to putting his name to his body.”
Back then, crack was driving street crime. It’s one of many angles the Grand Rapids Police Department Major Case Team has been desperately working to piece together a motive and identify the killer or killers.
“We don’t know of a motive. It’s possible that it was robbery. His wallet was gone. Witnesses? Kind of, almost. There was somebody living in that house who said she kind of saw something and went back to bed without calling police.”
Sorting through the details of the case, Schock is convinced someone knows something and justice will be served.
’“Death of a Phoenix: The Eastown Murder of Joel Battaglia” creens Wednesday at 7:00 and again at 9:00 at Grand Rapids’ Wealthy Street Theater.
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