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Renisha McBride Murder Ruled Homicide by Medical Examiner

Renisha McBride

An autopsy report on a 19-year-old woman, who was shot and killed on a front porch in Detroit, determined that she was shot in the face, and a medical examiner ruled her death a homicide Monday.

Renisha McBride was shot on Nov. 2 with “no evidence of close range discharge,” according to a report released by the Wayne County Medical Examiner. McBride’s family said that she had gotten into a car accident and was shot by a man whose house she approached in an attempt to seek help. The external portion of the autopsy report said McBride’s clothing was wet. The 54-year-old homeowner’s lawyer, Cheryl Carpenter, told The Detroit News that her client woke up in the middle of the night fearing someone was trying to break into his house.

Still, McBride’s family insists the 54-year-old’s actions were racially-charged. "It's hard to … believe it's an accident when a gun is in her face and the trigger is pulled," the family's attorney, Gerald Thurswell, told The Detroit News.

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