5th person arrested after local Facebook celebrity killed during live stream in Ypsilanti Township

Terrell Smith got into argument with people commenting on Facebook Live stream, police say

Terrell Smith (WDIV)

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A fifth person has been arrested in connection with the murder of a local Facebook celebrity who was shot and killed in Ypsilanti Township after an argument with commenters during a live stream.

The shooting happened around 11 a.m. June 28 in the 1000 block of Nash Avenue in Ypsilanti Township, according to authorities.

Facebook Live

Terrell Smith, 46, of Ypsilanti Township, had become a local celebrity because of his Facebook Live streams, officials said.

Terrell Smith (Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office)

He was known for his “brutally honest” live streams called “Rells Corner.”

Smith went on Facebook Live on June 28 and was talking to the camera, expressing his loyalty to Ypsilanti.

“What makes y’all think because y’all moved that ya’ll better than Ypsi?” Smith said on the stream. “Y’all aren’t better than Ypsi. Ya’ll a product of Ypsi.”

He got into a heated exchange with someone who was making comments during the stream, according to authorities. That person was making threats, officials said.

“Now y’all on Facebook, ‘I’m riding around with 60 shots,’” Smith said on the stream.

Thousands of people were watching when, minutes later, someone drove up to Smith’s house in Ypsilanti Township, authorities said.

“OK, we’ve got action,” Smith said on the stream. “We’ve got action.”

Police said more than 30 shots were fired, and Smith was struck.

The shooting wasn’t seen on the live stream, but a neighbor can be heard calling 911.

The video was viewed 37,000 times before Facebook was alerted and removed it.

Deputies with the Washenaw County Sheriff’s Office said they found Smith suffering from multiple gunshot wounds when they arrived at the scene.

Medical officials transported him to a nearby hospital, but he died from his injuries, according to officials.

5th person arrested

U.S. Marshals said Monday (Nov. 7) that a fifth person has been taken into custody in connection with Smith’s death.

Coreyon Brown, 19, was arrested without incident when members of the Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team found him at an acquaintance’s home in Ypsilanti.

Officials said Brown surrendered peacefully when confronted by marshals. He was taken to the Washtenaw County Jail.

4 others arrested

U.S. Marshals said four people were arrested quickly after Smith’s death.

Martita Bonner, 41, of Ypsilanti Township, and Jermia Castion, 25, of Ypsilanti, were arraigned on charges of conspiracy to commit homicide/open murder. They were taken to the Washtenaw County Jail on $1 million bond, authorities said.

A 24-year-old man from Ypsilanti was arrested in Georgia, police said.

No information about the other arrestee was revealed.

Anyone with information is asked to email yeagerb@washtenaw.org or call 734-476-9594. To remain anonymous, residents can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

About the Author:

Derick is the Lead Digital Editor for ClickOnDetroit and has been with Local 4 News since April 2013. Derick specializes in breaking news, crime and local sports.