Target: Prosecutor Kym Worthy
Goal: Thank Worthy for serving justice to grieving family of slain teenager
After 19-year-old Renisha McBride of Dearborn Heights, Michigan survived a car accident, she couldn’t have imagined that a simple request for help would result in her death. With her cell phone battery dead, McBride spotted a nearby home and knocked on the door pleading for someone to help her out of the dire situation. When Theodore Wafer, 54, spotted McBride on his porch he quickly grabbed hold of his shot gun, swung open the door and opened fire, blasting McBride in the face and killing her instantly.
McBride, who was unarmed and posed no threat to Wafer, was disoriented and bloody when she came seeking assistance from Wafer. When asked why Wafer chose to respond so violently he simply replied: “I thought she was trying to rob me.”
This heinous act lies in wake of several other, high-profile homicides of young African-American men and women, the most controversial being that of Trayvon Martin in Florida. Unfortunately, McBride’s life has been added to the death toll and is a clear reminder of national concern about gun control, race and self-defense laws.
Recognizing these issues, prosecutor Kym Worthy announced that Wafer will be charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and a gun charge related to the death of McBride. Michigan is known for its strict self-defense laws but Worthy stands by her decision stating “We obviously do not feel that the evidence in this case reveals that the defendant acted in lawful self defense…someone who claims self defense must honestly and reasonably believe that he is in imminent danger [of losing his life]…”
It is understandable to be alarmed and guarded when a stranger comes to your home asking for help, but Wafer didn’t even bother to contact authorities before carrying out his vicious attack. He acted unnecessarily and irresponsibly and, for that, he’ll face a deserved sentence of life in prison. By signing this petition you’ll thank Prosecutor Kym Worthy for serving the McBride family justice and bring attention to the overgrowing issue of gun violence.
Dear Prosecutor Kym Worthy,
I am writing you today to thank you for your ruling in the recent homicide of 19-year-old Renisha McBride. Although there is nothing that can be done to restore her life, your justified act serves as a small consolation to her grieving family. For that, I commend your lawful and unbiased decision to throw out Wafer’s self-defense claim and charge him, accordingly.
In the wake of several, preventable tragedies involving the deaths of young, African-American men and women, its comforting to know that there’s a prosecutor out there who is objective, compassionate and moral.
Once again, thank you.
[Your Name Here]
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