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Community rallies, demanding justice for 19-year-old Renisha McBride

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Renisha McBride (Photo: WJBK) Renisha McBride (Photo: WJBK)

A group gathered in front of the police station in Dearborn Heights Thursday night, demanding justice for Renisha McBride, 19, who was shot to death nearly a week ago.

No charges have been filed after authorities said McBride, of Detroit, was killed by a shotgun blast to the face early last Saturday in Dearborn Heights. A man told investigators that he thought someone was trying to break into his home and accidentally discharged the gun, according to police.
McBride's family said she likely approached the home to seek help after getting into a car accident nearby.

The prosecutor's office is calling for a more thorough investigation of the incident before making an arrest. In the meantime, many are outraged that the alleged killer is seemingly off the hook.

VIDEO: Hear from protestors at the rally in Fox 2's Andrea Isom's report, or read the transcript below

Funeral information for Renisha McBride:
Friday, November 8, 2013
House of Praise
16520 Wyoming
Detroit, MI 48221
Family Hour: 10:00 a.m.
Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m.


"Had she been a white woman and the shooter a black man, would the shooter be sitting comfortably at home right now? No!"

"It doesn't make any sense why isn't he here, right now, locked up in a cell on some sort of charge of murder, manslaughter, whatever. It is not just. Why is he still at home?"

"A woman was murdered and that life is valuable in our community."

"People in their gut feel that something is wrong, and there's something wrong in a society when a young lady - a teenager- cries for help and he cries are answered with death."

Strangers are standing in solidarity. People from different places in metro Detroit huddled together with one mission in mind.

"When we say justice we don't mean in a rugged way, but in an honest way. Let all the facts come to the table."

19-year-old Renisha McBride of Detroit was killed, gunned down, shot in the face, while standing on a porch in Dearborn Heights. It's presumed she was there asking for help. Renisha's family tells us she got into a car accident a few hours before and walked away from the scene. They believe she was nervous, disoriented and didn't know where she way. Her cell phone was dead so she went to this doorstep hoping someone could come to her aid.

This happened early Saturday morning [November 2].

Her killer tells police he was afraid, fearful, that she was going to force her way inside. The homeowner claims his didn't aim and fire on purpose, saying his weapon, a shotgun, went off on accident. Renisha's family believes that's a lie.

"She was scared and she was knocking on a door for help, and who gets up with a shotgun?" asks Renisha's aunt, Bernita Spinks. She spoke Wednesday night at a vigil outside of the gunman's home on Outer Drive.

And Thursday, this: Public outcry. Outrage, over what many are calling injustice.

"This is unjust. Where is the equality in this country? Just because the color of your skin, or the color of my skin, I should not have privilege over you. There should be equality."

"We are transported back to Sanford, Florida, but now it's in Dearborn Heights."

"You look at the data, and when we look at the data with a critical eye, we see that when white folks kill black folks they get away with. If black folks try to exercise "Stand Your Ground" they go straight to jail. This dual system of justice must end. The best way to end it, is to revoke - to end - "Stand your Ground"-ism all over this nation."

"Without community effort this will die down and fall under the rug and another young black life will be lost for a no reason, other than fear and being perceived as some sort of criminal when it was absolutely not the case."

"If we want to take race out of the equation then we need to start holding ourselves accountable and doing the right thing, and by doing the right thing, that person who shot that young lady needs to be held accountable."

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