One of the first residents of Flint, Michigan to file suit over the city’s water crisis, was found shot to death in her home Tuesday. The body of Sasha Avonna Bell, was discovered along with another woman, Sacorya Renee Reed, at her home.
An infant, who was unharmed, was also found in the home and subsequently turned over to Michigan’s Child Protective Services as police investigate the killings.
According to reports, Bell was among the first residents to allege that children in Flint were being exposed to dangerously high levels of lead and other chemicals via the city water supply, which the government changed in 2014. Her lawsuit was among 64 filed on behalf of over one hundred Flint children that have slowly been winding their way through the state’s court system.
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“Sasha was a lovely young woman who cared deeply for her family, and especially for her young child,” Corey M. Stern, Bell’s attorney said. “Her tragic and senseless death has created a void in the lives of so many people that loved her. Hopefully, her child will be lifted up by the love and support from everyone who cared deeply for Sasha.”
The crisis that spun out of the contaminated water has claimed the jobs of numerous state workers and sparked publicity campaigns by the government’s office aimed at encouraging residents to drink the newly safe filtered water. Bell’s death is another sordid element of an already massive scandal, and her case is slated to proceed despite her passage.
Michigan police say they have a suspect in custody, but charges have not yet been filed at this time.