October 2016 a deadly month for black women
Ocotber 2016 has proven to be a deadly month for black women in the United States, with several high-profile slayings due to domestic violence, police shootings and even petty differences.
Kaelia Minor, 17, had just been accepted to college. The high school senior was ready to move on to bigger things besides the petty differences people get into at Calvin Coolidge High School. But the Washington, D.C. teen had an ongoing beef with an 18-year-old girl. And this day, Monday, October 17, 2016, both of them were on the same Metro Bus. She was three blocks from her door, when she was attacked by the other girl, reportedly over a cellphone. The fight escalated. Kaelia was slashed with a knife. She passed away.
Police were called after a neighbor said Deborah Danner, 66, was acting “in an irrational manner” in her apartment building. When officer arrived they said, according to media reports, that she was wielding a pair of scissors. She was soon persuaded to drop those as officers edged closer to her. Then she grabbed a wooden bat and lunged at an officer.
“As she attempted to strike the sergeant, he fired two shots from his service revolver, striking her in the torso,” Assistant Chief Larry Nikunen told the New York Daily News.
Jada Rankin, 15, was struck and killed when Detroit police said an angry driver was speeding up and down the street where Jada's relatives lived. Chris shouted at the driver, asking him why was he driving so fast on a residential street. The driver, in a case of bizarre road rage that detectives still can't fully explain, shot into a family group gathered outside the home about 2 a.m. Sunday. He started blasting, shooting at them "six or seven times" -- and one of the bullets struck Jada, the "baby of the family,"
Trinity Gay was a 15-year-old track star literally running in the footsteps of her father, Olympian Tyison Gay. Trinity was shot and killed early Sunday outside a Lexington, Kentucky restaurant. Trinity Gay was shot in the neck and died just before 5 a.m. Sunday, according to the Fayette County Coroner, WKYT reports.
Martha "Sheree" Bryant, 30, of Birmingham, Alabama was killed after police said Jason Harris, 32, went to Bryant's home on Saturday, October 8, 2016, and an argument ensued. She was found in her home on the floor with multiple gunshot wounds. Two of her children were home, three others, all girls, happened to be staying with an uncle for "girls skate night."
Vanessa Bobo, 29, was shot dead in front of her two children after a verbal confrontation on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 in the Lake Murray apartment she shared with her boyfriend, police said. The man was arrested afer a manhunt.
Julia Martin, 27, wanted to return the engagement ring her ex-fiance had given her. The ties would be severed. Friday, October 7, 2016 would be the night. Instead, her boyfriend pushed his way into her Chicago apartment and attacked her, slashing her repeatedly with a knife, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Ebony Byrom, 38, was a loving wife who made a living as a nurse. She doted on her husband, Hal Byrom, who had worked at UPS. The couple shared an immaculate Macomb County, Michigan home. But the Byroms were having trouble on this day. An argument led Ebony to call 911. The 911 dispatcher listened intently as the woman described the altercation, then suddenly -- BOOM, BOOM, BOOM -- gunshots. Ebony was shot dead. The husband then turned the gun on himself.