Funeral Held for Detroit Teen Shot on Porch Amid Growing Calls for Justice

"It’s very, very, very hard to believe that it was an accident," a lawyer for Renisha McBride's family said

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Kimberly P. Mitchell / Detroit Free Press / AP

Flyers are passed during a rally to protest the shooting death of Renisha McBride at the Dearborn Heights Justice Center on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.

Family gathered Friday for the funeral of the 19-year-old woman who was shot and killed last weekend near Detroit in a case that is drawing nationwide attention as concerns rise about possible racial profiling by the shooter.

Renisha McBride was shot and killed early Saturday by a homeowner who told police he thought she was an intruder when she knocked on his door and asked him for help early Saturday morning, following a car accident. No charges have been filed, and the unidentified 54-year-old man told police that his shotgun accidentally discharged when he approached McBride on his front porch. On Wednesday, the Wayne County prosecutor returned a warrant for the homeowner’s arrest to Dearborn Heights police, requesting “further investigation,” according to the Detroit News.

Two vigils have been held so far to push police to act, and McBride’s family has expressed dismay at the way the case has been handled so far. “It’s very, very, very hard to believe that it was an accident when the gun is in her face and it goes off accidentally,” Gerald Thurswell, a lawyer representing McBride’s family, told the Detroit Free Press before the nearly three-hour funeral.

Several civil rights leaders have already spoken out in support of McBride as well. “We are in prayer for the family of Renisha McBride, but we are also urgently calling for justice for the loss of this daughter, sister, and friend,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who leads the National Action Network.

A lawyer for the homeowner reiterated Thursday that her client believed McBride was an intruder. “I’m confident when the evidence comes it will show that my client was justified and acted as a reasonable person would who was in fear for his life,” attorney Cheryl Carpenter told the Detroit News on Thursday. She added, “What is believed to have happened aren’t the facts and are not what happened that night.”

[Detroit Free Press]

[Detroit News]

8 comments
Openminded1
Openminded1

Race card bs the usual suspects Al not so sharp sharpton, big mouth where are the cameras jackson and the NAACp. It was tragic but wrong place wrong time not racial, more like a scared man who should have stayed in side and called the police, not be handling a shot gun. I did not hear the race bs come out when 3 black thugs shot a jogger from aussie land just because they were bored and hated whites. They shot him in the back. I did not here the race card when 2 black thugs beat up an old veteran  and killed him. Then tried to say he was a drug dealer. Its always blacks using the race card, even when they get killed trying to kill someone else. blacks are the racist in 2013 i guess its get whitey back time.

JeffRiggs
JeffRiggs

If it was in her face she probably grabbed the barrel in her high and drunken state.

BigWill1325
BigWill1325

@Openminded1 You idiot, the difference between those teens and this case (and so many others) is those teens were arrested and charged, the white owner of the house wasn't. Whether the crime was racially motivated or not remains to be seen, but the reaction certainly was. And racist such as yourself always love to bring up "the white person killed by blacks where's the outrage?", but yet when a white person kills a defenseless person of color and IS NOT ARRESTED then it's "just a tragic accident". FU 

Openminded1
Openminded1

Ps since when a young teen does not have a cell phone.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@BigWill1325 @Openminded1 hey dummy I am black too just like your dumb black ass. the difference is i do not hide behind the race card bs and guys like big mouth AL not so Sharp Sharpton. I arrested many whites in my career too moron for assault on blacks, but far more blacks for assault on whites and other blacks in my 30 years on the streets. How many times you been arrested big brother, my guess at least 3 times.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@harte.ryan @Openminded1 You must be black or like black men . The typical black race card answer. reverse racism is real, your just to dumb to get it.


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