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Arrest made in attack that left Detroit grandfather dead

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A photo of John Villneff, 62, provided by his family. A photo of John Villneff, 62, provided by his family.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

A suspect has been arrested in an attack at a Detroit home that left a teenager injured and the boy's grandfather dead.

Detroit police say a "male suspect" was in custody following the attack on Wednesday. Chief Ralph Godbee said Thursday during a news conference the case is still an open investigation and he expects more arrests to be made. He thanked the public for providing tips in such a rapid response.

Michael Villneff says a group of men beat the 16-year-old boy as they robbed the home, then shot and killed John Villneff as he tried to protect another grandchild from the intruders.

"I already know they got the right guy," said John's daughter Melissa.

Villneff was a decorated Vietnam veteran. "I miss him so much," said Melissa. "I catch myself crying, but I know I have to be strong."

Family members say a fund will soon be set up to help pay for Villneff's funeral expenses. Once we receive the information, it will be posted here on myFOXDetroit.com.

Meanwhile, Villneff's grandson was released from the hospital Thursday night. He plans to rejoin his football teammates at Dearborn Heights Robichaud High School on Friday. "He feels that's the way it should be," said Melissa.

The viewing for John Villneff is Monday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Swanson Funeral Home in Detroit.  The funeral is 11:00 a.m. Tuesday. Those interested in donating money to help cover funeral expenses can click here.

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