Renisha McBride Autopsy Confirms That Detroit Teen Was Shot in Face

The death of the unarmed 19-year-old who was seeking help after a car accident has raised questions of racial profiling by the shooter and stalling by authorities, who have not pressed charges

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The front cover of a funeral service program for 19-year-old Renisha McBride at House of Prayer & Praise Cathedral in Detroit on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. McBride was shot and killed by a Dearborn Heights home owner in the early morning hours of Saturday, November 2 after she approached his house.

The 19-year-old woman whose death has received national attention and calls for justice had a shotgun wound to her face, according to an autopsy report released Monday. The shot was not fired at close-range.

McBride’s death was ruled a homicide by the Wayne County Assistant Medical Examiner. According to the autopsy, the teen was wearing a blue jacket, black shirt, black pants and white socks, all of which were wet. Toxicology results are still pending, according to the Detroit News.

On Monday, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said it was reviewing the police department’s investigation for possible charges against the 54-year-old man who allegedly shot and killed McBride.

Renisha McBride’s family insists she was looking for help following a car accident at around 2:30 a.m. when she approached the Dearborn Heights home where she was killed. The 19-year-old was a graduate of Southfield High School outside Detroit and worked at the Ford Motor Company.

The homeowner’s lawyer Cheryl Carpenter told the News that the shooting was justified because the 54-year-old thought he heard people trying to break into his home, though she added that her client recognizes the “tragedy” of the teen’s death.

“Let’s wait and not prejudice,” said Carpenter. “Nobody including the police, the prosecutor or the public has all the information yet.”

McBride’s death has gained nationwide attention from civil rights leaders and others who have demanded justice for the unarmed teenager. Several vigils, including one over the weekend which drew 200 people, have been held in memory of McBride, whose funeral was held last Friday.

[Detroit News]

34 comments
HowardSandersJr
HowardSandersJr

Okay I can not believe the BS that people are talking here.  FIRST of all a young woman is dead because of some idiot and a weapon.  Second not one of you talking about her being drunk can tell us where that came from.  Also for those of you who say black people always use the race card excuse me that is pretty racist to say.  And I would not believe a damn thing that comes from the Detroit press doesn't it sound pretty bogus or do you really think it is true.  Get real they have been so many spends on this.  There is only one thing a young lady is dead because of some ass whole.

paulhue86
paulhue86

Detroit press says now the accident was at 1am. Neighbors rendered her aid and called 911, and she fled. Then she returned 40 mins later, and the neighbors called 911 again, and upon informing her, she fled again. At 3:40am she appeared on the man's porch 6 blocks away. 

Curly4
Curly4

Well Vice President was correct! A shotgun makes a better self defense weapon than either an assault rifle or a hand gun. If the home owner had used either one of these weapons this young woman might be alive today.  

jjbigmotors
jjbigmotors

  Sad one here. And the guy said the gun went off accidently and he hadnt even seen anybody at that point. Bad all the way around. 

    Just a question and not meant in any bad way, but i have never seen any younger people that do not have a cell phone. Wonder what she was doing without her's that night.

valerieh
valerieh

Nineteen years old, shot to death and her only crime was to knock on someone's door at the wrong time of the day.   I am so sick of hearing stories like this.  What have we become???

KennethBedroske
KennethBedroske

Detroit was listed by Forbes magazine recently as one of Americas 10 most dangerous city. Perhaps so called civil rights leaders focus on why blacks murder each other almost 10 to 1 compared to whites.

jcrouse222
jcrouse222

What is it with these names? Are they required to end in an A?  I sure wouldn't call one in for an interview!

DougCheriBledsoe
DougCheriBledsoe

@paulhue86 sounds like a drunken night to me. Boy, those Detoit cops are on the ball. 40 minutes later they show up.


teddylj
teddylj

@Curly4 Really? If the homeowner had fired at this woman in the face with a handgun or an assault rifle, she might be alive today?

Openminded1
Openminded1

@jjbigmotors I said the same thin on the first post. very odd no cell phone and the story about her leaving twice before police showed up.

Un_Lys
Un_Lys

@jjbigmotors  

This tragedy is similar to  what happened to an African-American man in Charlotte NC who had been in a car accident and was seeking help by going to a nearby home. He was shot and killed by police.

derrickboss
derrickboss

@jjbigmotors 

The family thinks the cell phone battery was dead, which is why she had to knock on someone's door. But, yes, she was known to have a cell phone.


Openminded1
Openminded1

@valerieh Who knows the truth , one is dead, the other under investigation. She appears to have been drunk and acting strange. The home owner appears to have made a terrible mistake. but it was not racism. Every time a white kills a black the libs and blacks call the race card. but when a black kills a white no race card is shown. Whites do not have a big mouth like Al and jessie.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@KennethBedroske They also kill more whites then whites kill blacks.  they even shoot whites in the back while jogging just for fun. 

derrickboss
derrickboss

@KennethBedroske 

Ken, you are an in-the-closet bigot. People like you always want to flip the script. Blacks are not killing other blacks solely based on skin color. Blacks are killing each other for the same reasons that whites and other races kill each other...usually over money, drugs and sex. Your comment is such an ignorant thing to say as I'm sure the ratio for whites killing other whites is over 20 to 1, compared to an extremely low ratio for blacks killing whites.

I was just about to throw away some clean white sheets but I think I've just found a good home for them. Send me your address as I'm sure you will wear them proudly...as do others who share your ignorant beliefs.



CleverTitania
CleverTitania

@jcrouse222  Of the 1000 most common female first names, in the United States, about 350 of them end in an A or an AH. 


So which one did you have a problem with again, was it Jessica, Amanda, Patricia, Alicia, Anastasia, Linda, Barbara, Maria, Lisa, Sandra, Laura, Brenda, Cynthia, Deborah, Rebecca, Martha...... 

Would you now like to voice your complaints about how people of African descent insist on putting barrettes and ribbons in their daughters' hair? Or perhaps you can simply explain why the name a person's parents gave them, some how justifies your disinterest in them as a job candidate. My mother nearly named me Tabitha - exactly what would that have to do, with the quality of my resume or references? 

DarjeelingDream
DarjeelingDream

@jcrouse222 Her name sounds very close to a Sanskrit name, "Nisha", which means "night" is a legitimate and *ancient* Hindu name. Probably has a longer history than YOUR name. 

But I'm guessing you'd probably never call back anyone with an Indian (or generally speaking, foreign) name - presuming you are also in an position that would requiring interviewing and making hiring decision.


M.Alexander
M.Alexander

@jcrouse222 With your lack of basic language skills I wouldn't call you for an interview either. Learn about romance languages. "A" is typically feminine, which is why the majority of female names end with an "a".

valerieh
valerieh

@jcrouse222    What difference could other people's preference for naming their children have to do with anything?  Why wouldn't you interview someone with a name like Renisha?  You have no idea how racist you sound or probably are.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@eldrickwo10 Al not so sharp sharpton and where are the cameras JACKSON. Who better then them to twist and turn reality into a race card issue. Now they can call Obama and oprah to back them up since Obama is a lame duck who no longer needs the white vote. Oprah can say a few words on switzerland and racism.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@derrickboss I hope you are black, because if you are white you are just a bleeding heart liberal, if you are black its the norm, race card bs.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@PattyMacDonell @Openminded1 @derrickboss as a 30 year police veteran now retired from a major city, I have been involved in many cases like this. most of the cases like this are not racially motivated, they are fear motivated. They are over action and sometimes they are race related. But as a detective who worked many homicides this sounds just like what i said  a horrible accident. not murder by reason of racism. unless detectives come up with a history on this man of racial issues he should not be tried for murder. As a black man myself i get a bit sick of the race card crap,It is to easy and causes more divide and moves us backwards. Guys like Sharpton are in it for fame and money, nothing else. 9 times out of 10 they are wrong. there are times when it is racially motivated that is the time to take action if the police look the other way or the state does not do there job. This is not one of them.

PattyMacDonell
PattyMacDonell

@Openminded1 @derrickboss So if you don't think that people should shoot other people in the face with immunity, you are either a bleeding heart or playing the race card? Do you think there might be some other possibilities? 

Openminded1
Openminded1

@ClaireinNZ @Openminded1 @CleverTitania @jcrouse222 Hey Moron, you are the dummy with a major chip on your shoulder, I was defending your point of view. Tabitha is a cute name, And if you look at some of my 5000 plus post  on here you will find that I am black, retired 63 years old 30 year police veteran, with a lot more experience in life then you and with  a college education. You young lady need to calm down and quit jumping to conclusions.

ClaireinNZ
ClaireinNZ

@Openminded1 @CleverTitania @jcrouse222 

Openminded1 - your shaky grasp of the English language goes well with your assumption that people get their children's names off TV. They do say that statistically, 50% of the population is of below average intellect; and you're all coming out in force tonight.

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