Detroit grandmother raped, beaten outside church dies
Shirley Bryant's son said, 'These monsters just took my mom away from me'
A Detroit grandmother who was raped, beaten and left for dead outside a vacant church has died, according to media reports.
Shirley Bryant, 63, died on Dec. 6 after fighting for her life, her family told Fox2 Detroit.
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"These monsters just took my mom away from me… for no reason," said Diwann Bryant, Shirley's son. "I know you've got a mother. I know you've got sisters and brothers. And you hit my mama like that? It's terrible."
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Suspect Elvin Shepard, 44, and another man chatted up the grandmother Nov. 14 before the brutal assault. A stranger heard Shirley calling for help and found her naked, the news outlet reported.
"How in the world could you do [this to] a human being like this?" said Diana Edgar, Shirley's sister. "I promised her before she closed her eyes for good that I would do everything in my power to see that justice was taken."
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Police Chief James White said the charges against Shepard could be upgraded to murder. A second suspect is expected to be charged shortly, Fox2 reported.
Shirley's family launched a GoFundMe that has raised $1,720 of the $7,500 goal.