Teenage Girl Who Died in Custody Deserves Justice

Target:Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet John Tilley

Goal: Launch outside investigation into case of teenager who died mysteriously in police custody.

Sixteen-year-old Gynnya McMillen was found dead at a youth detention center, and there have been few details released about the circumstances. Early autopsy reports state that there was “no clear cause of death,” meaning she had no external injuries. A full autopsy is expected later. It is not even known why she was being held in a detention center, nor did authorities say where she was found.

Police so far have chosen not to disclose any information to the public, or to the girl’s family, who have set up a Facebook page looking for justice. Someone who had once worked with McMillen described her as a “quiet, beautiful person.” Her family has shown remorse at the lack of information around McMillen’s death.

McMillen’s death is tragic, especially considering her age. The fact that any information has been withheld is extremely suspicious. The police are launching an investigation, but since she was in their custody, there needs to be an outside investigation conducted. Urge Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet John Tilley to launch an investigation into any possible wrongdoing and bring justice for McMillen’s family.


Dear Secretary Tilley,

We urge you to open an outside investigation into the death of Gynnya McMillen. She died at a youth detention facility, and no one has released any information, including cause of death or why she was even being detained. She was only 16. Please launch an investigation into her death.

The early autopsy concluded that she had no external damage, but her death is no less suspicious. The fact that all information has been withheld seems to imply wrongdoing, and her family deserves to know what happened. The police at the facility have launched an investigation, but an unbiased team needs to come in for proper attention.

Like Sandra Bland, suspicious deaths of black Americans in police stations seem to have risen, with police possibly being able to get away with murder. As of now, we do not know any information surrounding McMillen’s death, so no accusations can be made. But it is fairly suspicious that no information has been released. McMillen was still a child, and her family deserves to know the information behind her death and, if applicable, any responsible parties should be brought to justice.


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  1. No wonder police are not trusted any more. It doesn’t matter if you are black or white, young or elderly or someone’s pet the attitude is,” shoot first, ask questions later. If Tamar Rice had been a 12 year old white boy he would have been told to ” drop the gun, lay flat on the ground and hands outstretched.” Poor selection process and even worse training. This needs to be addressed NOW!

  2. Lynn Juozilaitis says:

    Yes, please investigate this! A sixteen year old usually doesn’t just die without a reason! It’s very rare to have that happen! I think some kind of abuse and/or neglect will be find! If that’s the case and more than likely it will be, the person or persons responsible should never see the light of day again! That girl had her whole life ahead of her!

  3. Peter Martin says:

    Police silence on the death of this child is not acceptable. Her parents are especially due an explanation asap.Otherwise, police arrogance is clear.

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