Dearborn homicide victim remembered by family, friends during vigil

Posted at 10:10 PM, Sep 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-22 16:09:55-04

DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) — Family and friends of homicide victim Sherry Kietrys, 34, held a vigil Saturday night in her memory in Dearborn.

The body of the mother of two teenagers was discovered Friday near a mound of dirt, concrete and debris.

Police were called to the area of Paul and the Southfield Freeway around 7:45 a.m. Friday. Officers and firefighters gave first aid to the woman from Taylor, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cecilia Cummings identified herself as the mother of Kietrys.

"I would rather take her place," she told 7 Action News.

Cummings said Kietrys was her only daughter. She also said Kietrys stepped off a city bus on the way home from work, never to be heard from again.

"I need to know what happened to her, and seeing the blood over there is all I have left of my daughter," Cummings said.

The Dearborn Police Department is asking Detroit residents near Paul and the Southfield Freeway to check their security cameras for suspicious activity on Friday between 4 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Family and friends who were at the scene are enraged at the conditions in the area. Kietrys' godmother said the incomplete construction and overgrown weeds "invite crime."

If you have any information about this incident, you're urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800 SPEAKUP or the Dearborn Police Department.

The family also created a memorial fund for funeral costs.