Friday, April 22, 2016

Sasha Avonna Bell, R.I.P.

Gary Ridley of MLive reports:
A woman at the center of a bellwether Flint water crisis lawsuit was one of two women who were shot to death inside a townhouse earlier this week. 
Sasha Avonna Bell was one of the first of a growing number of people to file a lawsuit in connection to the Flint water crisis after she claimed that her child had been lead poisoned. 
Bell was found dead April 19 in the 2600 block of Ridgecrest Drive at the Ridgecrest Village Townhouses. Sacorya Renee Reed was also found shot to death in the home.
A tragic reminder that Flint's fundamental problems emerged long before the water crisis. All the celebrities and national media members who are suddenly interested in Flint were M.I.A. for decades while the city struggled with crime and abandonment. Let's hope the outrage over the water crisis actually leads to long-term solutions. It took a long time for Flint to reach this point, and it will take time to improve the city. And let's hope every one showing such concern now is in it for the long haul.

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Sasha Avonna Bell.

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