Here’s a word of advice, if you’re ever in a car accident, seeking help by knocking on someone’s door may not be in your best interests, especially if you’re black. Back in September, Johnathan Ferrell, a former FAMU football player, was shot to death after seeking help for a car accident and now a similar incident seems to have happened in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.

According to The Detroit News, Renisha McBride, 19, died from a gun shot wound to the head after she was seeking help, following a car accident. McBride unfortunately picked the wrong door to knock on.  The incident occurred Saturday at 2:30 a.m. McBride’s aunt, Bernita Spinks, spoke to The Detroit News, and could not make sense of the murder of her niece.

“He shot her in the head … for what? For knocking on his door,” said Spinks. “If he felt scared or threatened, he should have called 911.”

“You see a young black lady on your porch and you shoot?” asked Spinks. “He killed my niece and he needs to pay for it. He needs to be in jail.

“There was no windows broken. My niece didn’t bother anyone,” said Spinks. “She went looking for help and now she’s dead.”

Limited details about the incident have been provided by the Dearborn Police Department. The name of the suspect has not been released. Originally McBride’s family was told her body was found “dumped” but they’ve since recanted and now admit that she died on the suspect’s porch.

 

  • https://www.facebook.com/leslie.c.bentley Leslie C. Bentley

    :(

  • https://www.facebook.com/regina.malveaux Regina Malveaux

    Devastating.

  • https://www.facebook.com/roland.muskelly Roland Muskelly

    Damn !! Keep those cellphones charged.

  • https://www.facebook.com/shevonr1 Shevon Renee

    It’s very unfortunate. He shot her in the back of the head. I hope he’s prosecuted. This makes no sense.

  • https://www.facebook.com/honeybfly1980 Kai Tahira

    Sad!! Im guessing the suspect is white since they didnt release a name

  • https://www.facebook.com/honeybfly1980 Kai Tahira

    Sad!! Im guessing the suspect is white since they didnt release a name

  • https://www.facebook.com/honeybfly1980 Kai Tahira

    Sad!! Im guessing the suspect is white since they didnt release a name

  • https://www.facebook.com/honeybfly1980 Kai Tahira

    Sad!! Im guessing the suspect is white since they didnt release a name

  • https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.winstonford Cynthia Winston-ford

    and equally disturbed that once again the authorities tried to cover up the truth…

  • https://www.facebook.com/zonni Zonni Juan

    OMG I know her! WTF? Next they will posthumously charge her with leaving the scene of an accident and trespassing. I hope justice is served.

  • https://www.facebook.com/lillian.drumgold Lillian Drumgold

    This story is unfortunate on multiple levels. So sad that people shoot first and ask questions later- this isn’t the military guarding a no-fly zone, these are American citizens!
    And even worse that the police department blatantly lied about where her body was found.
    Maybe someone of notoriety involved?

  • https://www.facebook.com/KHBrown Karimahgenerouslife Aiesha

    Detroit looks like a wasteland and now the actions of it’s so called civil officers goes along with that Mad Max concept…smh

  • https://www.facebook.com/emily.shaffer.370 Emily Shaffer

    Oh no, not again.

  • https://www.facebook.com/tina.waters.794 Tina Waters

    Its very sad and should never have happened. However its not OK to knock on someone’s door at 2:30 in the morning.
    It seems like authorities first tried to cover it up making it seem like a random homicide.

  • https://www.facebook.com/tina.waters.794 Tina Waters

    Its very sad and should never have happened. However its not OK to knock on someone’s door at 2:30 in the morning.
    It seems like authorities first tried to cover it up making it seem like a random homicide.

  • https://www.facebook.com/tina.waters.794 Tina Waters

    Its very sad and should never have happened. However its not OK to knock on someone’s door at 2:30 in the morning.
    It seems like authorities first tried to cover it up making it seem like a random homicide.

  • SE

    Oh wow that is so messed up.

  • http://gravatar.com/geenababe geenababe

    My first question is why was the police trying to cover this up at first? They said her body was dumped somewhere and then finally told the truth. This is getting ridiculous and it shows no matter if you are a woman or a man they will still see you as a threat and shot you down like a dog. Now what are you supposed to when you are in an accident? I hope this woman’s family fight to get her justice.

  • Orange Starr Happy Hunting

    WOW, God rest her soul.

  • Mmmgood

    I’m so upset about this. All you have to do is be black, or young and black to get shot. I hope they catch this person. I don’t understand how they can’t and haven’t caught him. I’m so sick of sensless killings. This woman–barely into womanhood–was just looking for help and instead lost her life. Dearborn has always been one of my least favorite places in this area, and now even more so.

    And then, a few days ago in Detroit, doctors had to do an emergency c-section on a young dead mother, who was killed in a shooting along with a man. The baby lived, but not the mother.

  • http://holdmygold.tumblr.com Cat

    So heartbreaking.

  • Mari

    I want to know if the shooter was white. That could be the reason for the cover up by police. Sick of this mess.

  • https://www.facebook.com/wjhamilton29464 William J. Hamilton

    Our country, once land of the free, home of the brave now brutal, frightened and cruel. The home of Sarah Palin’s “real Americans.”

  • Tsaun

    Wtf is this country coming to for black Americans?!!! It seems like since Obama became president they’re killing us off like flies, AND GETTING AWAY WITH IT! I can’t wrap my head around the fact that this is happening in the 21st century!

  • Tira Masu

    WTF…

  • niksmit

    I understand this comment, but it’s really not helpful if the phone has been thrown from the car or destroyed; or if the accident victim is disoriented.

    It’s more important that people need stop shooting first and asking questions later.

  • Apple

    So so far you can be killed by police,by police when calling the police for medical attention, by a wannabe neighborhood watchman walking to YOUR house, your neighbor next door, when asking for help after a car accident. Ain’t life grand? (Sarcasm)

  • Anthony

    She was killed in Dearborn which has a very large Arab population and historically very few African Americans. I doubt if she was killed by a black person. This is a tragedy. All the person had to do was talk to her through the door and call 911, clearly he or she was already armed and ready if something shady went down. This girl, and 19 is a child to a person my age, did not have to die this way!

  • https://www.facebook.com/whoaluva Mina Proctor

    Wow smh

  • https://www.facebook.com/yissendy Yissendy Trinidad

    Racist people

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    Wow, this is sickening. When did someone knocking on your door, for whatever reason, become a license to kill them? These scums that shot her and tried to cover it up needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law no ifs, ands or buts about it. This was truly a senseless killing and a loss of this young woman’s life. This tragedy just re-informs that no matter your position in life or your intentions as a person people will treat us as a “shoot to kill and ask questions later…” type because black lives is worthless to them….smh may this young lady rest in peace and let’s rally around this family and put the pressure on the city and the cities officials for answers because if this was an intentional cover up (no ifs) then heads need to roll.

  • https://www.facebook.com/CanklesInKorporated Miranda Eli

    This is incredibly sad on so many levels.

  • https://www.facebook.com/CanklesInKorporated Miranda Eli

    This is incredibly sad on so many levels.

  • https://www.facebook.com/CanklesInKorporated Miranda Eli

    This is incredibly sad on so many levels.

  • https://www.facebook.com/CanklesInKorporated Miranda Eli

    This is incredibly sad on so many levels.

  • https://www.facebook.com/CanklesInKorporated Miranda Eli

    This is incredibly sad on so many levels.

  • https://www.facebook.com/janet.elizabeth.355 Janet Elizabeth

    I am obviously not black, however, I once spotted a home with a huge chimney fire. I pulled into the neighborhood and began ringing their bell and knocking. When they came to the door I said ‘fire’ and pointed upward. They slammed the door in my face, I rang the bell again and they came back and aimed a gun at my face. Some don’t react well to strangers (especially stressed looking ones) at their door. I don’t think it’s always about race.

  • The RealKay

    I understand being cautious, but this is an outrage! If someone came to my door asking for help I’d just call 911 if I was suspicious. That way, if she does need help and the person or someone in the vehicle is hurt, they can get an ambulance there. This makes me so suspicious because I first heard that they found her body in a dumpster. I wonder if this man saw she was maybe hurt or disoriented and took advantage of her and then shot her and dumped the body.

  • The RealKay

    But what if someone is hurt and bleeding and the persons involved don’t have access to a phone? (especially if the phone is damaged in the wreckage). Did decency and common human courtesy go out the window?

  • http://twitter.com/WarOnBlacks WarOnBlacks (@WarOnBlacks)

    Welcome to the Obama Era where white people try to get even for losing elections.

  • http://twitter.com/WarOnBlacks WarOnBlacks (@WarOnBlacks)

    You have got to be kidding me right? It’s ok to knock on anyone’s door at anytime of the day if you have an emergency. When did a knock on the door become a license to kill? Killers and thieves don’t knock…they just run up in your house. Are you one of those confused negros who thinks racism doesn’t exist anymore? Can’t you see what this is?

  • Amanda

    Really? This was an unfair assumption. I voted for Obama – twice. I am heart sick for this woman’s family. I am sure that this woman was shot because of the color of her skin, and I understand how that could make you think like this, but not all white people are evil…..every color; black, white, red and yellow have their bad seeds.

  • Starla

    Thieves do not normally knock, and if they are gong to knock they are not going to show up at 2:30 am knocking. I keep saying that this level of fear people are living in is quite alarming. How do these people sleep at night knowing they killed an innocent person looking for aid. She would probably have survived going into a Grizzly bear, or cave to wait until morning than thinking a fellow human being would be of some help in a situation that any person could find themself in.

  • Magnolia

    This is horrific. I just read that they’re filing charges against this guy. I don’t know how serious they’ll be but at least it’s something. Does Michigan have an SYG law? I’m sure they’re already trying to smear her as some lazy violent woman but apparently she just started working at Ford. So much promise.

    This woman was shot in the back of the head with a shotgun and the family probably won’t be able to have an open casket. This means she was walking away. Why didn’t this person call 911 as soon as he heard someone at the door? Awful!!

  • ana

    That’s very nice of you, but it isn’t open season on you. It’s open season on Black people. Particularly the ones doing nothing wrong……

  • SayWhat

    We need to make as much noise as we did for Trayvon to get this young lady some justice. How threatening could a young lady be to a grown man, give me a break, this was murder pure and simple.

  • http://enternet rodney hudson

    it’s the same old story,exscuses. where is holder and the rest of the outrage from people like codelisa rice or opra. they just want to keep getting paid and bow down to the white devil in worship.I know not all whites are devils but many are.They are also in law inforcement and able to get away with it.Lies,lies,lies.I have been watching this program since the 70s.Same old strory.No punishment to liers on the police force you said body was found dumped.Straight out racist and uncle tom bow downs.

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