Family wants answers in shooting of woman seeking help

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 03:16

Family wants answers in shooting of woman seeking help

By Niraj Warikoo and Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press

 

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. — Police say a homeowner told investigators his shotgun accidentally discharged, shooting a 19-year-old Detroit woman to death as she stood on the porch of his home early Saturday.

Members of 19-year-old Renisha McBride's family said they believe the African-American woman was racially profiled by the homeowner. They said McBride, whose cellphone had died, had gone up to the house on Outer Drive seeking help after she was involved in an auto accident early Saturday morning.

"Black life is not valued in America, not worthy, not respected," said Detroit activist Yusef Shaker, who is helping lead the rally. "Here was a woman who was seeking help from potential danger and her life was taken. ... It's a Trayvon Martin case all over again."

 

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