Detroit —The family of a Detroit
woman shot to death after she is believed to have sought help at a
Dearborn Heights home is calling for answers in the incident.
family of Renisha McBride, 19, said she went for help after a car
accident around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. She died of a gunshot wound to the
head after knocking on the door of a home on the 16000 block of Outer
Drive near Warren in Dearborn Heights, near where the accident occurred.
Her cellphone battery had died, her family said.
Few other details about the incident have been released by the Dearborn Heights Police Department.
Heights (has) identified the person who fired the shot and killed the
woman,” according to a press release. The statement added that a final
report on the shooting will be forwarded to the Wayne County
Prosecutor’s Office for review in the near future.
maternal aunt, Bernita Spinks, said the shooting was not justified even
if the resident believed McBride was an intruder breaking into the
“He shot her in the head ... for
what? For knocking on his door,” said Spinks on Tuesday. “If he felt
scared or threatened, he should have called 911.”
said the family met with officials from the Prosecutor’s Office on
Tuesday. Spinks said she believes her niece was racially profiled.
“You see a young black lady on your porch and you shoot?” said Spinks.
“He killed my niece and he needs to pay for it. He needs to be in jail.
“There was no window broken. My niece didn’t bother anyone. She went looking for help and now she’s dead.”
Services for McBride will be 11 a.m. Friday at House of Prayer and Praise, 16520 Wyoming in Detroit.