Sasha Avonna Bell’s murder came just days after suspicious death of foreman at city's water treatment plant.
A woman who was among the first to file a lawsuit in connection to the water contamination in Flint, Michigan, was identified as one of two victims of a fatal shooting that happened at the city’s Ridgecrest Village Townhouses earlier this week, MLive reports.
Sasha Avonna Bell, 19, was found dead along with Sacorya Renee Reed days after the death of a Flint Water Treatment Plant foreman who was wanted for questioning in connection with the crisis was announced.
Bell filed a lawsuit that alleged her child was poisoned by Flint’s lead contaminated water, opening the way for a string of growing lawsuits against the government in connection with the water crisis.
A 1-year-old child was discovered unharmed inside the home, but there has been no confirmation whether the toddler was related to Bell.
According to MLive, a suspect was taken into custody, but no charges had been filed as of Thursday.
Bell’s attorney, Corey M. Stern, described her as a “lovely young woman” who cared “deeply” for her family and child.
“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,” Stern told MLive.
Bell’s was one of 64 lawsuits filed by Stern’s New York-based law firm Levy Konigsberg along with Flint-based firm Robinson Carter & Crawford on behalf of 144 children.
Her lawsuit named six companies and three current and former government employees as defendants for their various parts in treating, monitoring and ensuring the safety of Flint water, and for playing a significant part in the grossly negligent oversight that led to the poisoning of thousands of the city’s children.
On Thursday, it was revealed that Matthew McFarland, 43, a Flint Water Treatment Plant foreman was found dead on April 16 under unknown circumstances in his Otter Lake home after he had been questioned by investigators looking into Flint’s water crisis.
These deaths in close succession of individuals connected to a high-profile lawsuit against the government make us wonder, whether it is all just a coincidence or an act of cover-up.
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