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Ypsilanti Township, Michigan’s Terrell Smith shot by Shereif Bonner, Tyree Pitts? Coreyon Brown arrested

Genniece Smith‘s son Terrell Smith of West Willow, Ypsilanti Township, Washtenaw County, Michigan, United States has died. He was 46.

Terrell was known in Ypsilanti Township for his Facebook Live show called “Rells Corner“. When he went live on the morning of June 28, 2022, he talked about his loyalty to the township, which led to a heated exchange with someone who was making comments online.

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“Now y’all on Facebook, ‘I’m riding around with 60 shots,'” Terrell said on the livestream. ““Y’all aren’t better than Ypsi. Ya’ll a product of Ypsi.”

Minutes later, more than 30 shots were fired, striking Terrell. He was taken to the hospital where he died.

The shooting was not shown on the livestream. Before Facebook removed the last “Rells Corner” episode, it was viewed more than 37,000 times.

Ypsilanti Township residents Martita Bonner, 41, Jermia Castion, 25, Bonner’s nephew Shereif Bonner, 24, Coreyon Brown, 19, and Tyree Pitts, 18, and Andre Walker, 26, of Willis, Washtenaw County are accused of being involved in the fatal shooting of Terrell. It was Shereif and Pitts who allegedly fired weapons.

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On July 1, 2022, Martita and Castion were arrested. They were arraigned on charges of conspiracy to commit homicide/open murder and booked into the Washtenaw County Jail in Pittsfield Charter Township, Washtenaw County on $1 million bond.

On July 26, 2022, Shereif was arrested in Georgia, USA and extradited to Ypsilanti Township on open murder charges. Pitts and Walker were also arrested and charged with open murder.

Bond for Walker was set at $1 million. Bond was denied for Shereif and Pitts. 

On October 27, 2022, Martita testified against her codefendants. She said she knew a fight was going to happen and traveled along with the group to Terrell’s location to record the fight.

Martita said she did not expect that the fight was going to be fatal although she knew Shereif had a gun. She was released from the Washtenaw County Jail on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond and a global positioning system (GPS) tether.

On November 7, 2022, members of the U.S. Marshals‘ Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team arrested Brown without incident at an acquaintance’s home in Ypsilanti Township. He was also booked into the Washtenaw County Jail.

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