DETROIT, MI – On Saturday December 26th, 2020, at approximately 1:55 a.m., in the 18000 block of Cardoni, the victims, an 18-year-old woman, Casey Willis and an 18-year-old man, were sitting inside a Honda Civic in front of the location, when two unknown suspects approached their vehicle on foot.
One of the suspects armed with a long gun, fired multiple shots into their vehicle and struck the female victim. After the shooting, both suspects ran south from the location then entered an unknown vehicle, possibly a Chevy Impala and then they fled west on Nevada.
Medics responded to the location and pronounced Ms. Willis dead at the scene. No other individuals were injured.
The suspects are described as:
Suspect #1 was as black male, wearing all black, armed with a long gun, and Suspect #2 was described as a black male and wearing light clothing.
The following was posted to social media about Casey Willis:
It is with great sadness, we announce the tragic and untimely death of Ms. Casey Willis. She was leaving a small party at a friends house.
Casey was a current member of our Board of Directors, a former Peer Educator in our Outreach and Education Services Program, and a student at Wayne State University (Class of 2024). Casey was a victim of a shooting on Detroit’s east side this morning, Saturday, December 26th.
Words from Amy Good, CEO:
“We can take inspiration from Casey’s life and hard work; she overcame many odds, graduated from high school and enrolled in college, chose to join AFG’s board, and served as a leader and role model to others.”
Words from Sandra Ramocan, Director of our Outreach and Education Services Program:
“This incident underscores the importance of AFG’s work; our participants and their families face all kinds of threats, violent and otherwise, and AFG is crucial in providing a safe space for them, and to support them in building pathways to safe spaces throughout all aspects of their lives.”
Casey wrote these words for a speech this past fall, as she prepared to speak on behalf of AFG:
“Since I’ve been involved with AFG, I’ve met a lot of amazing people who taught me a lot about being a young woman, loving myself in my own skin, and managing my time. I’ve also been able to become a wonderful leader for my peers and help with doing the changing work that is done at AFG.”
Casey was beloved and respected; her contributions and presence were greatly valued by her fellow peer educators, board members, and by all who had the privilege of working with her at AFG. This is a devastating loss to the entire AFG family.
Casey lives on through her example, her words, and her love for others. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.A GoFundMe has been created to assist the family with funeral expenses: https://www.gofundme.com/f/57ecu5-casey-willis-memorial-fund
The circumstances surrounding this incident are still being investigated. Anyone with information is asked to please call Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Section at 313-596-2260 or Crimes Stoppers at 1-800-Speak Up.