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Suspect in Greenhaven shooting was homicide victim’s nephew, police say

Mike Dailey (right) poses with Cornel West (center left) and other participants in the making of a CD with rap-like intellectual discourse.
Mike Dailey (right) poses with Cornel West (center left) and other participants in the making of a CD with rap-like intellectual discourse. The Sacramento Bee

The man charged with murder in connection with a Greenhaven neighborhood shooting that left a man dead last weekend is the nephew of the 57-year-old victim, Sacramento police spokesman Matthew McPhail said Wednesday.

Officers responded to reports of a shooting about 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Florin Road and Gloria Drive, across the street from John F. Kennedy High School. When they arrived, police found the body of Sacramento resident Michael Dailey, who was identified Wednesday by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.

Dailey was declared dead by Sacramento Fire Department personnel, police said.

His nephew, 24-year-old Myron Dailey, was booked into Sacramento County Main Jail hours later on suspicion of murder, police said. He peacefully surrendered to officers after witnesses told police the gunman had run into a nearby apartment complex.

Police initially reported that the two men had apparently been in an argument before the shooting.

As of Wednesday afternoon, detectives needed to conduct additional witness interviews before releasing a booking photo, McPhail said.

Michael Dailey’s family has set up a GoFundMe account to help cover funeral costs. The page describes him as a father, grandfather and friend.

“As you all know, he was an amazing man; the type of person who would do anything for anyone,” the post read. “He would make you laugh and smile and you’d enjoy every second of his presence.”

Dailey, also known as Joe Black, was listed as the author of “Truth Matters: A Love Revolution,” a book in which Dailey transcribed poetic raps he did in the recording studio with philosopher and author Cornel West. The author biography said Dailey spent his early years in Seattle, where his mother pushed him to discover his love for music and black theater.

The book credits Dailey as the force behind some of West’s musical projects, including the album “Sketches of My Culture,” “Street Knowledge” and “Never Forget: A Journey of Revelation.” The two had met 15 years before the publishing of Dailey’s book and had become friends over time, the book states.

In addition to his work with West, Dailey’s book said he also wrote for and worked with several artists throughout his career, including The Jackson 5, Bobby Brown, Talib Kweli and Dead Prez.

Dailey’s family did not return requests for comment Wednesday.

Myron Dailey is scheduled to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday for a settlement conference.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets

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