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DETROIT, MI – The reputation and good will of any business is it’s life blood. When allegations are thrown out that an establishment is possibly some how involved in the death of a person, rightfully many will ask questions.

Rashida Williams
Rashida Williams (Shonie)

The owner to MaiTais responded to our article about the death of 40-year-old Rashida Williams. Williams had attended an event there on February 16th with other individuals. Claims have been made that her death was ruled a homicide with a direct link to the bar.

William Davis, an owner of the bar, states that he spoke with a homicide detective with the Detroit Police Department and that Rashida Williams is not the victim of murder by being poisoned but is the victim of an overdose of drugs. What drug that might have been was not disclosed for this article because at this time it is unknown. What is also not known is if Ms. Williams had any history of using drugs in the past.

Georgette Carr Bell, the sister to Rashida Williams, stated that after her sister ordered and received a glass of 1738 Remi Martin Cognac, from one of two long time bartenders of MaiTais, that she was never away from her glass and no one had an opportunity to slip anything into her drink. There were no guest bartenders for the promoted event that was taking place that night.

The homicide detective stated to William Davis that if Rashida Williams had went to a hospital sooner, she would more than likely still be alive. It was also determined that three other women went to emergency rooms with the same symptoms. Those three women had not been to the event at MaiTais that evening.

Another fact that William Davis pointed out is that MaiTais is several miles away from Sinai-Grace Hospital where Rashida Williams was taken for treatment. That hospital is 25 minutes away and is located at 6 mile and Schaeffer. If a person were to become ill at his bar, they would be transported to Saint John’s Hospital which is on Moross Road and is much closer in an emergency.

A time line accounting from Mr. Davis states that Ms. Williams left his bar at about 9:30pm along with her friends who were there with her. They then traveled over to Fisher Street.

In communications with Davis, the promoter of the event provided information to the timeline. They stated that after arriving on Fisher Street, Rashida Williams best friend who was one of those out for the evening noticed that the problem was now an emergency and called for an ambulance. The ambulance transported Ms. Williams to Sinai-Grace where she was declared Dead Upon Arrival. That took place between 12:45 and 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday February 17th, 2021.

The next most logical question would be “What happened between 9:30 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.?” We have not been able to determine if the victim and her friends stopped anywhere before arriving on Fisher Street.

A problem that exacerbated the tragic events that were unfolding is that whomever provided the address location for EMS did not do so correctly. 911 Central Dispatch was provided a different address than where the victim was at. That took away precious time in potentially saving the life of Ms. Williams.

The owners of the bar want to clear their name from any possible wrong doing in the death of Rashida Williams (Shonie) and the family only wants to have answers as to what actually did take place and where.

We have encouraged both sides to sit down face to face and exchange information so everyone can find peace and closure to a very tragic situation. Pointing fingers and making accusations in either direction will not provide the answers that each side seeks. Doing so will only push away and divide further of where the truth actually lay at.

Friends and other family members who have called for justice need to calm the stormy waters and allow time to pass so that they too will hear the truth. To many loud voices all speaking at once will drown out the chance of hearing and seeing what did take place.

MI Headlines extends its condolences to the family and friends of Rashida. We cannot imagine the sorrow and pain you are experiencing at this time. Many prayers to each of you.

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