Dispatch from Detroit 5 | Searching for Seymour

I’m at 8 Mile Road and Wyoming Ave. This is the corner where my grandfather Seymour Wedes was killed on October 13, 1970. He was shot by robbers in his popular costume jewelry store ‘The Jewel Box’ at 20727 Wyoming Street. For the next month leading up to his anniversary (in Hebrew yahrzeit, יאָרצײַט) I’ll be exploring his life and death and writing about the experience on my blog.

I know there is something I’m meant to learn about my life from this man who I never met, not even in a picture. And hopefully the search for Seymour will also teach me many things about Detroit, my heritage and my future. I hope you’ll follow along on the journey.


Me at the corner where Grandpa Seymour was killed in his shop, ‘The Jewel Box’, on October 13, 1970


grave site
Grandpa Seymour’s gravesite at Congregation Beth Tefilo Cemetery in Ferndale, Michigan
The obituary in the Jewish News of Detroit, October 16th, 1970