Renisha McBride’s Family Sues Convicted Killer for $10 Million
The family of Renisha McBride, the woman who was shot to death on a Detroit-area porch last year, is suing her convicted killer for $10 million.
Theodore Wafer, 55, shot McBride in the face through his locked screen door in Dearborn Heights, Mich. when she appeared on his porch around 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 2. He allegedly feared a break-in, though she was injured, intoxicated and unarmed, and did not call 911 until after shooting her. A jury convicted Wafer of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the 19-year-old’s death earlier this month.
Attorney Gerald Thurswell filed the wrongful death civil lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court on behalf of McBride’s estate and parents, Monica McBride and Walter Ray Simmons, citing counts of assault and battery, negligence, gross negligence, emotional distress and wrongful death.
“She was a beautiful young lady, you know. She had things going for her,” Simmons said of his daughter the day Wafer was convicted. “And he took that; he took that away from us.”
The case sparked national attention as civil rights activists connected McBride’s case to other unarmed young people killed by white shooters. Like Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen who was shot to death by a self-appointed neighborhood watchman in 2012, McBride’s case was a rallying point for those who see justice continually denied to black victims.