Librarian Teague Orblych, brother killed during Detroit home invasion


Editor’s Note: This story will be updated as more information is made available.

Librarian Michael Teague Orblych, who had worked with UM-Dearborn’s Mardigian Library for 17 years, was shot and killed along with his brother, William Troy Orblych, in the backyard of their Detroit home on Thursday morning, police say.

The two were ambushed by three masked men outside their family home in the 14000 block of Ashton Street near Southfield Freeway and Schoolcraft after unloading their car following a trip to the grocery store.

After the brothers helped their 70-year-old mother, who has a broken leg, into the house, they returned to the car to bring in their items.

According to police, three suspects approached the brothers and forced their way through a gate and into the home.

Both Teague and William Orblych were shot in the backyard of the home. William Orblych, 54, was shot in the chest and died at the scene. Teague Orblych, 48, was rushed to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.

A family friend emerged from the basement and fired three shots at the suspects, causing them to flee.

Police have one person of interest in custody, but they are continuing to search for the gunmen.

Remembering Teague Orblych

Since 2001, Teague Orblych had worked with the Mardigian Library as a librarian. Since 2013, Orblych was the social sciences librarian, providing research services and library instruction to students and faculty.

Teague Orblych spent 17 years with the Mardigian Library prior to his death on Thursday, February 15, 2018. (Photo courtesy of UM-Dearborn)

Orblych also spent time as the library’s research education coordinator, organizing classes that faculty could take on for library instruction.

Carla Brooks, head of the Library Research Center, remembered Orblych as a reliable, personable coworker.

“Very nice colleague–always ready to pitch in,” Brooks said. “I could always depend on him. If I needed something done, I could depend on him to get it done.

“Very personable…funny, too.”

Brooks said the faculty at Mardigian is holding up, “about as well as to be expected.”

“There’s still a lot of shock, especially under the circumstances. We’re holding up as well as we can.”

Human Resources have reached out to the faculty and staff at the library to offer connections to grief counselors in the wake of the tragic loss.

“He was just a great guy,” Brooks said, “and we’re gonna really miss him.”

Funeral arrangements have not yet been released by the family, but university officials say that they will be announced to the campus when information is received.