Activist who Filed Lawsuit in Flint Water Crisis Murdered

Source:  Daily Mail
April 23 2016

By DAILY MAIL ONLINE REPORTER

Woman, 19, who filed first Flint lawsuit against government is MURDERED just days after suspicious death of foreman at city’s water treatment plant

  • Sasha Avonna Bell, 19, sued government officials and six companies for allegedly causing her toddler to suffer from lead poisoning
  • She was found dead along with another woman on April 19 in a Flint home
  • A young child was found alive in the home but has not been identified
  • Her death came days after Flint water plant foreman was found dead    
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Sasha Avonna Bell was found dead on Tuesday.  She filed a lawsuit on behalf of her son, pictured here with her

A woman who was among the first to file a lawsuit in connection to the Flint, Michigan water crisis was identified as one of two victims of a fatal shooting that happened earlier this week.

She was identified Thursday, the same day the death of a Flint Water Treatment Plant foreman who was wanted for questioning in connection with the crisis was announced.

Sasha Avonna Bell, 19, filed a lawsuit that alleged her 1-year-old suffers from the effects of lead poisoning as a result of contaminated water in Flint.

She was found dead on Tuesday along with another victim, Sacorya Renee Reed, inside a home on Ridgecrest Drive, MLive reported.

A 1-year-old child was found unharmed inside the home, but it was not clear whether the toddler was related to Bell.

A ‘lovely young woman’ who cared ‘deeply’ for her family and child

A suspect was taken into custody, but no charges had been filed as of Thursday, according to MLive.

Bell’s attorney described her as a ‘lovely young woman’ who cared ‘deeply’ for her family and child.

‘Her tragic and senseless death has created a void in the lives of so many people that loved her. Hopefully, her child will be lifted up by the love and support from everyone who cared deeply for Sasha,’ said Corey M. Stern to MLive.

Stern’s New York-based law firm Levy Koningsberg is handling 64 lawsuits filed on behalf of 144 children, along with Flint-based firm Robinson Carter & Crawford.

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Sacorya Renee Reed, pictured left, was found dead along with Sasha Avonna Bell on Tuesday. Matthew McFarland, pictured right, was a foreman at the Flint Water Treatment plant who was found dead in an unrelated incident April 16

Bell’s lawsuit named six companies and three current and former government employees, accusing them of shirking their responsibilities for the safety of the water in Flint

Bell’s lawsuit named six companies and three current and former government employees, accusing them of shirking their responsibilities for the safety of the water in Flint.

GoFundMe page was set up to pay for funeral costs for Bell.

On Thursday, it was revealed that a Flint Water Treatment Plant foreman was found dead on April 16 in his Otter Lake home.

The foreman, Matthew McFarland, was 43. He had been questioned by investigators looking into Flint’s water crisis. The cause of his death is unknown.

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