Family Pleads With Community for Answers in Death of Irvington Man

Picture courtesy Somphith Khemmanivanh’s family

Irvington, AL (WKRG)

A spokesman for the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office says they’re stumped and are praying for tips from the community following the death of a man in Grand Bay. Members of the victim’s family are doing the same thing. From the police tape to the memories, it’s hard for family members not to shed a tear remembering Somphith Khemmanivanh.  The 45-year-old man went by the nickname “Air.”

“You don’t have the right to kill someone on the street we have the law,” said the victim’s brother Jimmy holding back tears.  The victim comes from a family of Laotian immigrants who came to the US in the mid-1980’s.  Family members describe Air as a fun, energetic man, who didn’t deserve what happened to him.

“I want to know why and I want to know who would do that to him because he wouldn’t harm anyone,” said the victim’s niece Jinda Khemmanivanh.  As they struggle to understand why, they’re pleading with the community to help find the answers that seem out of reach.

“If you saw something about my brother, please call the police, 911, I would thank-you a lot,” said Jimmy Khemmanivanh.  Investigators say Khemmanivanh’s body was found inside a pickup parked at a home in Grand Bay, but they don’t believe he died there. Neighbors reported seeing a suspicious vehicle on Washington Road late Sunday morning. That lead deputies to find the victim’s body.

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