Family looking for answers in shooting death of Renisha McBride, woman killed while seeking help

(WXYZ) - Family members were visibly shaken, and overwhelmed with grief as the body of 19-year-old Renisha McBride was carried in a white casket outside of the House of Prayer and Praise Cathedral in Detroit.

She was found shot in the head on the porch of a Dearborn Heights house.

Police got a 911 call around 3 a.m. on Saturday.

According to a family spokesperson, she had gotten into a car accident with a parked car. Later, her car broke down and her cell phone battery died.

The spokesperson said she began knocking on several unanswered doors and at the last door someone shot her in the head.

"Imagine if you were out there and you had an accident and you were out there and you were looking for help and nobody helped you and the help that you got ended your life. That's what she was doing… a 19-year-old baby, looking for help," said family spokesperson Ron Scott.

Police are still not releasing a lot of details in the case.

Wayne County Prosecutor, Kym Worthy has asked that further investigation be conducted by Dearborn Heights Police into the case.

"We just want justice for Renisha," said Renisha's aunt Bernita Spinks.

After Renisha's funeral her father Walter Ray spoke out for the first and only time.

"We believe that Kym Worthy will do the right thing and prosecute to the fullest extent…and that Dearborn Heights will cooperate and give all of the information that's needed, that's asked for."

"We're confident that Kym Worthy is going to do the right thing," said Spinks. "So we are just going to let her do what she has to do.

There have been groups outside of loved ones protesting and demanding a quick arrest in the shooting death.

Renisha's family and the family's attorney say they will be patient as more evidence is collected.

"We want it to be thorough and complete," said family attorney Gerald Thurswell. "Rush to things…then you don't get all the facts.  Kym Worthy, based on her past actions, she does things thoroughly.  She waits until she puts everything together and that's what we want."

A spokesperson told 7 Action News they do not believe the gunman thought his life was in danger at the time of the shooting but they are not rushing to judgment until the investigation is completed by police and Worthy's office.

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