Case of assaulted teen becomes murder investigation

- A 17-year-old girl was brutally attacked in her Detroit home last week has died from her injuries.

Police are calling Darian Winfield a person of interest in GeNaye Washington's murder.  Winfield is already suspected in a string of rapes.

"It is crazy and she is just a baby," said Terri Washington, her aunt. "She is 17. Gone. Senseless."

GeNaye, whose family describes as a big kid full of love and life, is now gone. The 17-year-old died from injuries after she was attacked on Jan. 7.

Police say alleged serial rapist Winfield broke into the bedroom window of her Detroit home on Radnor, punched her in the head multiple times and likely sexually assaulted the high school senior.

"She got hit six times and her brain was swollen so much, there was nothing they could do - they tried everything," Terri Washington said.

Sources say fingerprints found at the home link Winfield to the scene. Investigators are still waiting for rape kit and DNA results to confirm the sexual attack, which has now become a murder investigation.

Winfield has already been charged for attacking a 39-year-old woman on Radnor on Dec. 30 and the Wayne County Prosecutors' Office say they have just received the warrant linking Winfield to the attack of a woman in Grosse Pointe Park on Dec.15.

"I just want to know why would you do that to her," said GeNaye’s sister Shaquetta Washington. "What did she do to you why would you target her? She's so loving just like a big kid we were sitting here playing Uno the day before it happened.

Police believe Winfield is responsible for at least four separate attacks and we are learning they may not have been random.

Relatives say GeNaye attended East English Village Prep Academy on Cadieux with Darian Winfield last year.

The daughter of the victim who also on lives Radnor, also attended the same school with Winfield.

"I think he was targeting his victims like he did to the lady down the street," said Terri Washington. "He knew her daughter called her by her name. I think he targeted her."

All of the attacks happened within a two mile radius, close to Winfield's home on Cadieux where police seized clothing and shoes.

Winfield's family has maintained his innocence all along, claiming police have the wrong guy.

But GeNaye’s relatives are convinced DNA results will prove otherwise.

"She is so young, her life is gone because of a monster, " said Alisha Lynk, GeNaye's aunt. "I don't care what his family said he will be proven guilty."

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