January 27, 2023

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Sister: Woman shot in Grand Rapids was ‘strong, beautiful’

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Family members say the woman shot and killed in Grand Rapids Monday night left behind two young children.

Her sister confirmed to News 8 that the woman killed was Mya Kelly, 23.

“She was the best, best woman ever. A strong, strong Black woman. Beautiful,” Shanice Kelly said of her sister. “She liked to dance, she liked to sing, she liked to do hair, she liked to do all that.”

An undated photo of Mya Kelly.
An undated photo of Mya Kelly.

She said the death has darkened the family’s holiday season.

“Not good,” she said. “It’s just sad and depressing.”

Flowers and balloons outside the building where Mya Kelly was shot the day after her death. (Dec. 27, 2022)
Flowers and balloons outside the building where Mya Kelly was shot the day after her death. (Dec. 27, 2022)

She said the family knows little about what happened to Mya Kelly, who died around 10 p.m. Monday in a house on Canton Street near S. Division Avenue. Police released few details but said they were still seeking a suspect.

On Wednesday, the Grand Rapids Police Department said the medical examiner had ruled the death a homicide.

Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call detectives at 616.456.3380 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.