Detroit investigators are scratching their heads after the body of missing Wayne State University law student, Tiane Brown, was discovered shot to death in a vacant Detroit lot.
The victim was reported missing by her parents after she failed to return home to pick up her three children after attending classes. She was last seen Monday on the Wayne State University campus. Her body was found inside of her burgundy Chevy Trailblazer, the Huffington Post reports. So far two suspects have been taken into custody, but the motive for Tiane’s murder remains unclear. Detroit Police Chief James Craig is urging the community to come forward with any information that could shed light on Tiane’s death.
“We are desperately asking for your help,” he said during a press conference.
“We hope that your listeners are angry and your viewers are angry, because this should not have happened. And many of the 273 homicides that have happened this year in Detroit should not have happened,” the police chief continued.
Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson fondly remembers Tiane, who earned an undergraduate degree in biological sciences and two master’s degrees.
“She was a model Wayne State student,” said Wilson.
According to reports, in addition to working towards her law degree, Tiane worked as a legal clerk at the Radar, Fishman & Gauer law firm. A vigil was held last night in remembrance of Tiane. Ironically, Tiane was the subject of an upcoming feature story for the university’s campus periodical.
Although the words she spoke to the writer of the feature story just a few weeks ago now seem even more devastating, I believe they sum up the way Tiane would want to be remembered.
“Tiane gave this quote when talking about her work on the Advisory Board for the nonprofit organization DevelopingKIDS:
‘We want to help the children growing up in the city,” she said. “My cousin was killed in Detroit. He was 25. We grew up together; he was like my brother. Seeing his life taken away makes you realize how short life is. You need to live each day like it’s your last. That has helped me keep my focus. I stay involved because I want to make a difference.’
Living those words of making a difference is the best way we all can honor her memory,” wrote Wayne State University Law School’s interim dean, Jocelyn Benson.
Our prayers certainly go out to the Brown family.
Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Wayne State Police Department at 313-577-2224 or report tips anonymously at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.