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Who was Mia Kanu? College student found dead

BY Anas Shah Jun 15, 2023. 07:23 pm UPDATED: Jun 15, 2023. 07:23 pm

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A video showing a 23-year-old Michigan veterinary student being ejected from a car has led authorities to suspect homicide in the woman’s death after she was discovered dead on the side of the road with head injuries.

After attending a house party with friends on June 3, Mia Kanu, a senior at Tennessee State University, was discovered on Providence Drive in Southfield, Michigan, at around 4:30 a.m., according to the Detroit Free Press.

Kanu was seen on surveillance footage being either pushed out of the car or falling out onto Providence Drive next to Coach Apartments, according to Fox 2 Detroit.

She was brought to Ascension Providence Hospital in Southfield, where on June 5 she was pronounced dead; but, because she was an organ donor, she was kept alive for an additional three days on life support.

Police have refused to disclose the spooky surveillance footage, claiming they are unsure of how Kanu landed up on the road and how she passed away. The case is being investigated as a homicide.

Mia Kanu

“Anytime that there is an unnatural death, and especially concerning a young person, it is looked at as a homicide,” Southfield police spokesman Sgt. Jared Womble told the outlet.

“There were no deformities. No disfigurement. Nothing of that magnitude that at that point and time would imply any type of assault,” Womble told CBS News Detroit. “As of now, we don’t have any evidence that would suggest another vehicle struck her.”

Police said Kanu was in the car with two people, the driver and another passenger. They are cooperating with authorities.

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“It’s our understanding that there was an argument between the driver and another individual in the parking lot of the apartment complex that they had left,” Deputy Police Chief Jeff Jagielski told Fox 2.

He declined to discuss the autopsy results other than saying “she did have significant head trauma,” WXYZ reported.

Kanu’s mom, Bianca Vanmeter, is desperate for answers about her daughter’s mysterious death.

Mia Kanu

“Something happened and somebody knows something, and we just want those answers,” she told Fox 2. “If they could just tell the true story of what happened and why they didn’t go back for her, why they didn’t help her more. I would really want to know that.”

Vanmeter told WXYZ: “I want to know what really happened and if they were with friends, why wouldn’t they call 911?”

She claimed to have last seen Kanu on June 2 in the morning when he had returned to Michigan for the summer. Later, she was picked up from her job at the Green Lantern restaurant in Berkley by a female friend. That evening, she attended a home party with other pals.

Kanu was a member of the TSU Agriculture Department and had previously worked on a farm tending to animals before returning home for the summer, according to the Free Press.

She also worked at the Tennessee-based Richland Animal Clinic as a veterinary technician.

“Kanu was very passionate about educating pet owners about pet care,” said clinic manager Dawn Elza told the outlet.

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