Teen shot dead asking for help

The funeral will take place later in Detroit of a black 19-year-old woman shot dead on a doorstep after she knocked for help in a predominately white suburb following a car accident.

Funeral for US teen shot dead after knocking for help

Supporters of Renisha McBride want a full investigation into her death. Credit: Reuters/Joshua Lott

The funeral of a black 19-year-old woman shot dead in Detroit last week is to be held today. Renisha McBride was killed on a doorstep after she knocked for help in the early hours of Saturday morning, following a car accident in a predominately white suburb of the city.

The gunman, who has not been identified by police, is understood to have claimed he discharged his gun accidentally after he mistook Ms McBride for an intruder.

But her friends and relatives want police to investigate whether there was a racial motive to her death.

US teen shot dead as she asks for help after car accident

Demonstrators protested against the killing of Renisha McBride outside Detroit Credit: Reuters/Joshua Lott

Friends and relatives of a black 19-year-old woman shot dead in the US city of Detroit are demanding police to investigate whether she was attacked because of the colour of her skin.

Renisha McBride was killed on a doorstep after she knocked for help following a car accident in a predominately white suburb.

About 40 of her supporters gathered outside the local police station last night demanding justice and questioning the actions of the homeowner, who has not been identified by officers.

“He shot her in the head...for what? For knocking on his door. If he felt scared or threatened, he should have called 911”, the teenager’s aunt told Detroit News.

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