‘Words can’t explain it’: Missing Berkley teen found fatally shot in Detroit

Detroit police working to find 2 men she was last seen with

A missing teen from Berkley has been found dead in Detroit.

DETROIT – The family of a missing teenager from Berkley is devastated after she was found fatally shot in Detroit.

Janiya Brown, 15, had been missing from Berkley for two-and-a-half weeks.

On Wednesday (May 11), Local 4 News talked about how the girl’s family must feel. Now we know exactly how they feel after the murder that has taken place.

“Words can’t explain it,” said Janiya Brown’s father, Jason Brown. “My baby girl was right here.”

Read: Teenager shot multiple times found dead in her car on Detroit’s west side, police say

The incident was an unthinkable tragedy that turned into reality for Jason Brown and other members of the Brown family.

“They took her life right here, and she was only 15,” Jason Brown said.

Loved ones had finally found the missing teen, but not how they had hoped. Jason Brown is just trying to remember the good times.

“She loved music,” Jason Brown said. “She just loved outside. She couldn’t sit still.”

On April 24, the Berkley Police Department released a picture of Janiya Brown, indicating that she was a missing runaway. Just a little over two weeks later, the 15-year-old’s body was found in a stolen car linked to a carjacking.

Police say Janiya Brown was a person of interest in the case of luring a 20-year-old she just met online to a home on Clarita Avenue, where he was robbed and carjacked at gunpoint. Family members, however, are saying that she was forced to prey on unsuspecting victims.

“I know she couldn’t get away from them,” Jason Brown said. “She didn’t do this on her own. She was forced to. She’s a kid. She’s a child.”

Whether or not the accusations are true, Detroit police are working to find the two men she was last seen with.

“A very tragic situation,” said Detroit police Chief James White. “It’s an open and active investigation, and we’re looking at a lot of angles.”

Jason Brown now has a message for runaways who are leaving their homes and meeting others online.

“You don’t know who you are meeting on Instagram,” Jason Brown said. “Just don’t do it. Just come home because it ain’t safe out here.”

Janiya Brown lost her mother about a year or two ago, so this is another devastating blow for the entire family.


About the Authors:

Victor Williams joined Local 4 News in October of 2019 after working for WOIO in Cleveland, OH, WLOX News in Biloxi, MS, and WBBJ in Jackson, TN. Victor developed a love for journalism after realizing he was a great speaker and writer at an early age.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.