Several weeks after
his final release, the front page of the Michigan Chronicle
carried a shocking story.
Rita Griffin was the
"A bullet fired by an
off-duty policeman ended the life of singer Darrell Banks,
who made history among his peers in the entertainment field
several years ago when scoring a million seller hit with
"Open the door".
Banks, 35 ,
and fatally wounded last week by patrolman Aaron Bullock who
was attempting to intercede in an alleged assault by the
singer on Marjorie Bozeman.
statements by witnesses Bullock was dropping Miss Bozeman
off at her home on Detroit's west-side around 11 am
Tuesday when Banks who had been waiting in his car near the
house approached the couple and grabbed Miss Bozeman by the
coat stating that he and she were going to talk.
himself as a police officer and ordered Banks to release
Miss Bozeman. Banks then pulled a .22 revolver from his
waist band and pointed it at the patrolman.
reportedly ducked, drew his pistol, and pointed it and fired
one shot striking Banks in the neck.
Banks was taken to
New Grace Hospital where he was declared dead at 12.10pm.
Ms Bozeman a barmaid
in a North West Detroit lounge told investigating officers
that she and Banks had been close friends but she was trying to
end the relationship.
Friends of Miss Bozeman reported
that the couple were last seen together Sunday Feb. 22nd."
This was the first public announcement of
his death. It appeared in the Michigan Chronicle dated March
7th 1970. Issues always appear on the streets on the
previous Wednesday, which on this occasion was March 4th.
Darrell was dead a full 8 days prior to the public announcement.
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Banks Memorial Project
As a result of this story, a movement
to fund a marker for Darrell Banks grave was initiated
by the fans of this site and its forum.
to all who donated
Darrell Banks Memorial
the project is now fully funded and on Memorial
Day 2004 a marker bench was placed on his grave. Watch
the forum for commemoration plans.