SOMERS. (Ben Caxton)— Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department detectives continued an investigation Sunday into the suspicious death of a man who neighbors and close friends called “very friendly” and a generous gardener.
Authorities released very little information on the death that was reported around 8 p.m. Saturday in the 1300 block of Sheridan Road. Residents who contacted the Kenosha News said sheriff’s squad cars and detectives remained at the man’s home through the night and canvassed nearby homes during the investigation. A squad car was parked outside the man’s home Sunday afternoon.
KCSD Sgt. David Zoerner said the incident was a death investigation of a male adult.
“I knew something was wrong. He wasn’t getting back to me and his car was there. I knocked, tried the handle and just went in. It was real dark. … I just got an eerie feeling,” she said.
“He was a good guy. He helped everybody. He walked around the neighborhood and gave vegetables. He helped me for years. I could count on him. Whenever (I needed him) he was the first one there,” she said. “He’s just a nice guy. It’s so horrible.”
Luitze, was someone who was “very friendly, really easy to like, a Christian man,” she said.
Akina said the last time she saw and spoke with Luitze was about three or four days ago when he had come over to drop off a bounty of cucumbers and tomatoes.
Akina believes that Luitze had gone to bed then that evening and he was killed.
“That was the last time I heard from him,” she said. “He was (very nice). He didn’t deserve this.”
According to Darryl Martin, who also lives in the neighborhood, Luitze was a generous man.
“He’s got a garden, and he’s given everyone here vegetables,” he said. “He was a good guy.