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Autopsy: Detroit woman, 19, whose slaying drew civil rights complaints died of shot to face

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    The front cover of a funeral service program for 19-year-old Renisha McBride at House of Prayer & Praise Cathedral in Detroit on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. McBride was shot and killed by a Dearborn Heights home owner in the early morning hours of Saturday, November 2 after she approached his house. About two hours before the shooting, McBride had been involved in an auto accident nearby. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Brian Kaufman)The Associated Press

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    Pallbearers carry the coffin of 19-year-old Renisha McBride after her funeral service at House of Prayer & Praise Cathedral in Detroit on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. McBride was shot and killed by a Dearborn Heights home owner in the early morning hours of Saturday, November 2 after she approached his house. About two hours before the shooting, McBride had been involved in an auto accident nearby. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Brian Kaufman)The Associated Press

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    Siwatu-Salama Ra, 22, of Detroit, speaks to the crowd during a rally to protest the shooting death of Renisha McBride at the Dearborn Heights Justice Center on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Dearborn Heights, Mich. Protesters and civil rights groups are calling for justice after a suburban Detroit homeowner fatally shot the 19-year-old woman on the porch of his home. No charges have been filed after authorities said McBride, of Detroit, was killed by a shotgun blast to the face early Saturday in Dearborn Heights. According to police, the homeowner told investigators that he thought someone was trying to break into his home and accidentally discharged the gun. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Kimberly P. Mitchell)The Associated Press

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    In this Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 photo, from left, Pastor W. J. Rideout, Renisha McBride's aunt Bernita Spinks and Ron Scott speak to the media during a vigil in Dearborn Heights, Mich., for Renisha McBride in the front of the home where she shot early Saturday. No charges have been filed after authorities said McBride, of Detroit, was killed by a shotgun blast to the face early Saturday in Dearborn Heights. According to police, the homeowner told investigators that he thought someone was trying to break into his home and accidentally discharged the gun.(AP Photo/Detroit News, Ricardo Thomas) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTThe Associated Press

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    In this Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 photo, Charles Hannah lights Theresa Walker's candle, left, at a candlelight vigil for Renisha McBride in the front of the home where she was shot in Dearborn Heights, Mich. No charges have been filed after authorities said McBride, of Detroit, was killed by a shotgun blast to the face early Saturday in Dearborn Heights. According to police, the homeowner told investigators that he thought someone was trying to break into his home and accidentally discharged the gun. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Ricardo Thomas) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTThe Associated Press

An autopsy on a 19-year-old black woman killed on a suburban Detroit porch where she'd reportedly gone to seek help after a car crash confirms that she died of a gunshot wound to her face.

Renisha McBride, of Detroit, was fatally shot Nov. 2 in predominantly white Dearborn Heights.

Civil rights groups have called for a vigorous prosecution in the case, saying McBride was targeted because of her race.

The unnamed homeowner has told investigators he thought someone was trying to break into his home and that he accidentally discharged his shotgun.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office report released Monday ruled McBride's death was a homicide.

Prosecutors say they're reviewing whether to charge the homeowner, a 54-year-old man.

Messages seeking comment were left with police and the homeowner's attorney.

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