McBride investigation drags on
Public grows restless with slow pace
By T. Kelly
The Michigan Citizen
Eleven days after she was killed on the front porch of a Dearborn Heights house, Renisha McBride’s killer remains at large with no arrest warrants issued and the police and corporate media silent about details of the shooting and shooter.
Dearborn Heights police did announce Nov. 13 that additional evidence has been sent to Wayne County Prosecutor.
The 19-year-old Detroiter was allegedly shot in the face early in the morning of Nov. 2 on the front porch of the house at 16842 Outer Drive. Property records indicate Theodore Paul Wafer is the owner. There are two phone numbers listed to him; one is disconnected and the other rang when called, but was immediately hung up.
The storm door at Wafer’s house has been removed since the photos of the residence were published in the week following her death. Also, what appears to be evidence of a possible forensic test remains sprayed across the front door. On Nov. 12, the medical examiner ruled McBride’s death was a homicide. Toxicology reports are pending.
A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said she and the woman who reported the shooting to police do not believe reports of McBride knocking on doors in the area seeking help. “Where did those reports come from?” the neighbor asked. Wafer is a loner, she said, who remains out of sight except when he cuts his lawn.
Two-and-a-half hours before her death, around 1:30 in the morning, McBride reportedly hit a parked car on the other side of Warren Ave., six blocks from where she died. Speculation is that McBride wandered dazed to the Wafer property.
On talk shows, in barber shops and across social media, Detroiters want to know what the Dearborn Heights police are doing and why an arrest has not been made.
Rashad Robinson of the organization ColorOfChange.org, started an online petition to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and Dearborn Heights Police Chief Lee Gavin on the Internet site.
“I am deeply troubled by the recent fatal shooting of Renisha McBride, the unarmed 19-year-old woman who was killed while seeking help in Dearborn Heights after surviving a car accident. The tragic loss has left Renisha’s family and supporters across the country seeking answers and demanding justice,” the petition reads. “Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and the Dearborn Heights Police Department, you both have an opportunity to show leadership and integrity in this matter. I urge you to conduct a full investigation and bring Renisha’s shooter to justice.”
Tawana Petty, one of the organizers of the protest held Nov. 7 in front of the Dearborn Heights police department expressed emotions heard from many parts of the city.
“I’m hurt and wounded by this case. There’s a great correlation between ‘stand your ground’ and criminalizing Black men, and women who are invisible when it comes to media and protection under the law,” Petty said in a telephone interview.
“I became involved when I first heard about it, being a mother, a Black woman and someone who wants equal protection under the law. And as a mother of a teenage son, I know had my son, (or someone who looks like my son) committed the same crime he would be locked up and charges would be brought against him right now, unlike this man.”