Nightly News   |  November 15, 2013

Michigan teen’s death provokes community outrage

A homeowner has been charged in the murder of a young, unarmed teen shot and killed in the middle of the night in suburban Dearborn Heights. NBC’s Kevin Tibbles reports.

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>>> is a drama unfolding in suburban detroit getting national attention now. it involves a young, unarmed woman who was shot in the head and killed in the middle of the night . this case is also stirring up racial tensions. our report tonight from nbc's kevin tibbles.

>> reporter: the funeral of a detroit teenager held a week ago today. for 19-year-old ranisha mcbride , killed after being shot in the face in the middle of the night on the front steps of a home in suburban dearborn heights .

>> receiving a 911 call from a male who shot someone on a porch.

>> reporter: police were on the scene at 4:46 a.m .

>> somebody is down on the porch.

>> reporter: today, 54-year-old theodore wafer was in court charged with her murder. according to police mcbride worked at ford and had smashed into another vehicle with her car at 12:57 a.m . witnesses say she wandered away from the scene, nearly four hours later she was dead from a shotgun wound just a few blocks away. in the days following protesters gathered comparing her death to the trayvon martin case . testimo today her family said she was likely seeking help.

>> i can't imagine in my wildest dreams what that man feared from her. to shoot her in her face.

>> reporter: a toxicology report showed mcbride was nearly three times over the legal alcohol limit for driving. and that she had traces of marijuana in her blood. while michigan doesn't have the same stand your ground law used in the trayvon martin case , theodore wafer could claim self-self self-defense.

>> he has to show he thought she was breaking in, that she was a danger to him and his home.

>> reporter: one activist said mcbride doesn't want her family to become a matter of race.

>> a nearly 19-year-old girl might be in a similar situation. that should bring us together as a community to demand justice and not separate us at all.

>> reporter: kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago.