Teen rape victim attacked on way to school tells her story

Two half-sisters were hit by a van at a crosswalk at Eight Mile and Evergreen Tuesday night, leaving one dead and one critically injured.

Wednesday morning, a friend of the girl who died, Timesha Daniel-Taylor, waited to walk to school with her - then was attacked and raped after walking alone.

"I thought she was just late probably got there already," said the victim, a freshman. 

She says she waited for Timesha, never knowing her friend who she walked to Detroit's Henry Ford High School with every day had been killed in the accident at Evergreen and Eight Mile the night before.

So the 15-year-old decided to walk by herself.

As she was cutting through O'Hair park at Grandville and Trojan, she claims a masked man with a black handgun grabbed her by the wrists and pulled her into the woods.

"I was crying told me to shut up or he would shoot me," she said. "Then he raped me."

She says she did what he said, hoping and praying that he would let her go.

"He tried to bring me back to my house, I said 'How do you know where I live at,'" she said. "He said 'Don't worry about it. I told him I wasn't going to tell anybody,' and he let me go."

She says she ran to Henry Ford High School for help which already had grief counselors on hand because of the accident. which left Jermya Brown critical and claimed the life of Timisha.

"It's unfortunate and for these two instances to happen right after another it's tragic," said Mario Morrow, the executive director of the Education Achievement Authority. "It's unfortunate for our children to have to go through this."

And just as hard for the parents of these children. The girl's mother was at work when she learned her daughter had been raped.

"I don't understand what kind of man are you to take and molest a child," she said. "Why bother kids. And this is the way things are looking. They are bothering the children and that's not fair to the child or the parents."

"You have to be like a real cold-hearted person to do that," said the girl.

Police are looking for a black man, 170 pounds, 5 foot 7 inches, wearing a black ski mask, black hoodie, blue basketball shorts. Police believe he may have been driving a dark blue or navy Chrysler 300 with a white stripe on the sides and silver shiny rims.

The victim and the mother said they believe they have seen the vehicle in the neighborhood before.

Anyone with information should contact Detroit Police (313) 596-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
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