The one thing Jake Chupick would like everyone to know is how nice his mother was and how she found good in everyone she met.
Chupick, a junior at Clarkston High School, is the 16-yeard-old son of Royal Oak homicide victim Ranae Ann Chupick.
“I remember once she made a whole Thanksgiving dinner then drove around to where all the homeless people would chill," Jake wrote in an email to Royal Oak Patch. "She walked up to them and gave them their own home-cooked meal.”
Jake's parents were divorced but stayed friends over the years.
Jake said his 41-year-old mother lived in Royal Oak for two or three years. She lived on Rhode Island Avenue in the south part of town before recently moving into an apartment on Rochester Road north of 13 Mile Road.
It was in her second floor apartment above a salon that she was found Monday stabbed to death. Wednesday, police arrested a "person of interest" who reportedly admitted to a friend that he killed Chupick. The suspect is expected to be charged and arraigned today, police said.
Chupick was a hair stylist by trade but also bartended briefly in downtown Royal Oak.
“She worked at the Sky Bar over Sangria," Jake said. "That's where she met (the man police have in custody). She was a bartender; he was a bus boy. My mom went out with him a few times, then he got really weird. She told my dad this. Then she stopped all contact with him, but I guess he would call.”
Jake said talking about his dead mother is difficult, but he is doing fine and appreciates the outpouring of concern and sympathy.
“Make sure you talk to (the people you love) daily," he said. "You never really know when someone can be taken from you."