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Posted on Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 2:52 p.m.

Funeral planned for 21-year-old drowning victim Donovan Hyter

By Kellie Woodhouse

A viewing and funeral will take place Monday and Tuesday for Donovan Gerard Hyter, the 21-year-old who downed in the Huron River Sunday.


Donovan Hyter

Courtesy photo

Hyter died after jumping from a railroad trestle east of Superior Road with four friends at 4:52 a.m. Sunday morning. His body was recovered about 5:15 p.m. the next day.

Hyter lived in Pittsfield Township, had been involved in the Ann Arbor Neutral Zone and was a rapper and yo-yo enthusiast. His family and friends called him a Renaissance man because of his varied interests.

He is survived by his two siblings, Mike and Ashlei; his mother, Danah Greer; his niece, Donatella; his father, Mike Sr.; stepmother, Letitia; and step-siblings Ten and Ace.

The viewing will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 8, at the C & H Community Home for Funerals at 411 South Adams St. in Ypsilanti. The funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Second Baptist Church of Ypsilanti at 301 S. Hamilton St.

The family has asked that in lieu of giving flowers, people make donations to the Ann Arbor Neutral Zone. Mary Moffet, community relations director for the Neutral Zone, said the non-profit will use the gifts to memorialize Hyter.

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.


Honest Abe

Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 10:39 p.m.

That is some T-Shirt he was wearing.


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 1 p.m.

My thoughts and prayers go out to both of these families. I can't imagine the pain at losing a child.

Cindy Heflin

Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 7:20 p.m.

I want to let readers know that we'll report information about funeral arrangements for Stephen William Osler Easter, the 8-year-old who died as a result of a canoe accident on Lake Michigan earlier this week, as soon as we have them.