2nd Victim Dies In Detroit Church Shooting
POSTED: 12:41 pm PST February 27, 2006
UPDATED: 12:53 pm PST February 27, 2006
DETROIT -- A 53-year-old man died Monday of wounds he received trying to protect his wife from a carjacking attempt near a Detroit church Sunday, making him the second victim in incident.
Religious and community leaders were expected to gather in prayer Monday to remember the victims.
Rosita Williams, 37, was killed while attending services at the Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church -- located at Van Dyke and Warren avenues -- Sunday morning, WDIV-TV reported. Williams was sitting in the balcony with her mother, sister and four nieces, according to the station's reports.
The suspect, Kevin Collins, 22, was waiting nearby and looking for Williams' daughter, Jamika, 19, the mother of his child, the station reported.
"He jumped up and he started shouting at her that 'I'm going to kill your daughter,'" said the victim's sister, Leeyeng Williams. "And she just looked at him and said, 'We're in church. Please don't do this in church.'"
Jamika Williams was not there, Local 4 reported. Leeyeng Williams said parishioners started to escort Collins out of the church, but he turned and fired shots. Rosita Williams was killed in the gunfire and her 10-year-old niece was wounded, according to police.
Collins fled to a nearby house, where he allegedly shot a 53-year-old man while trying to steal a car, Local 4 reported. Police said hours later, Collins used the gun to kill himself.
The 53-year-old man later died from his wounds, Local 4 reported Monday.
The family said Collins was upset about a breakup with Jamika Williams, and it was not the first time he caused trouble at the church. He attacked and injured her several weeks ago inside the church, according to a police report.
The victim's husband, James Cult, said the tragedy could have been prevented. He said he told police where Collins lived and worked.
"My wife was a good woman. She went to church every Sunday," said Cult. "The system failed me, and it hurts."
Police were investigating the complaint by Cult, the station reported.
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