Patrick Lyoya biography: 13 things about Grand Rapids, Michigan man from DR Congo


Patrick Lyoya was a Congolese refugee living in Michigan, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:


  1. He was originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  2. He is Peter Lyoya and Dorcas Lyoya‘s first child.
  3. His paternal uncle Joshua Kibezi Munonge is the head of a the nonprofit organization African Community Kalamazoo.
  4. He has five younger siblings.
  5. He has two daughters.
  6. He had four traffic-related offenses, including convictions for operating while intoxicated and driving on a suspended license.
  7. He had three arrests related to stolen vehicles in Michigan. In each case, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanors.
  8. In 2014, he and his family moved from the DR Congo to the U.S. as refugees fleeing violence. He lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his girlfriend but often visited Lansing, Michigan where the rest of his family lived.
  9. In 2019, his girlfriend gave birth to their first daughter.
  10. In February 2022, his girlfriend gave birth to their second daughter.
  11. At 8:11 a.m. on April 4, 2022, Grand Rapids Police Department officer Christopher Schurr pulled him over a vehicle he was in for improper registration in Grand Rapids. They later fought over the officer’s Taser. Wayne Butler witnessed the struggle, which ended with the officer fatally shooting him in the head. After the shooting, Schurr was placed on paid leave and stripped of police powers pending investigation.
  12. He died at the age of 26. On April 5, 2022, his family was given permission to transfer his body to a funeral home of their choosing. That day, his father told News 8 through interpreter Israel Siku that he was “a good kid,” “a smart kid” and “a hard worker.”
  13. Footage of his fatal shooting was not released by the Grand Rapids Police Department until April 13, 2022. Schurr’s identity was not released until April 25, 2022.

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