Family Marks 3 Years Since Unsolved Murder Of Sterling Heights Teen

DETROIT (WWJ) - Three years since the murder of a 15-year-old Sterling Heights girl in a drive-by shooting, her family is again pleading for tips to find justice. 

Jada Rankin's mother and other loved ones gathered Wednesday at Jada Simone Rankin Playground, a Detroit park named in the teen's honor. 

Jada Rankin

A driver speeding down the street, near Grand River and Schoolcraft, when Rankin’s brother asked the driver to slow down. The unknown gunman stopped, opened the car door and shot into the crowd, striking the teen.

Rankin — a straight-A student at Sterling Heights High School — died a short time later at a local hospital.

Crime Stoppers, which is offering a $13,500 reward for the tip that leads to an arrest, calls this a case of a “bright future cut way too short.”

"A playground is a wonderful way to honor the life of a child as children come to play freely and feel safe. The key word there is child," Crime Stoppers said. "Jada was only 15 years old and deserved the right to feel safe in her community. We hope and pray that you can help this family get the answers they need while also helping to keep your neighborhood safer."

Sterling Heights teen murdered in Detroit suspect sketch

Anyone who recognizes this suspect or who has any information that could help bring justice in this case is asked to call Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 313-596-2260 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP (1-800-773-2587). Tips may also be submitted online at this link.

The reward through Crime Stoppers is paid in cash and you will not be asked your name, to speak with police or to testify in court.