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Terrance Kellom's family says investigation into his death is taking too long

Kate Wells

Two months after 20-year-old Terrance Kellom was shot by an Immigration and Customs officer in Detroit during a police raid, his family says the investigation into his death is taking too long.

“Had this been the other way around, my son would have been charged, doing time already,” Kevin Kellom told reporters after a rally at a neighborhood church.  

Earlier in the evening the family’s attorney told supporters he believes the Wayne County prosecutor’s investigation should be wrapped up in a week to 10 days.

And the prosecutor’s office reportedly told members of the media it should be wrapped up soon.

But Kellom’s parents says they still don’t understand why the prosecutor chose to seal the results of their son's autopsy.

“The autopsy is still sealed,” says Kevin Kellom. “Why? Let’s get it going, let’s get it moving. That’s all I want to see, is some results.”

There are two different stories about what happened the day Kellom was killed.

This much is known: a joint task force of law enforcement officers, including the Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer who shot Kellom, had an arrest warrant for Kellom.

They came to his father’s home, where they found Kellom and where one officer fatally shot him.

Police say he charged at the officer with a hammer.

Credit Kate Wells
At the New West Side Church in Detroit, a few dozen people attended a rally calling for answers in Kellom's death

But his father says he was unarmed.

And his family’s attorney, Kari Mitchell, says he believes the officers only got a search warrant for Kellom’s home after he was killed.

Meanwhile, Kevin Kellom says they’re grieving for their son, who he says has two children – a son and an infant daughter.

“His son asked for his daddy, as a matter of fact when he came to my house today, he asked me was his daddy there?” says Kellom.  

“And I can’t do nothing but tell him no, show him pictures of his father, tell him how much his father loved him, and tell him how he would have been there had this not happened. He has a daughter that was just born. All we can do to her is show her pictures, just try to do something … to make her know about her father.”

Kate Wells is a Peabody Award-winning journalist currently covering public health. She was a 2023 Pulitzer Prize finalist for her abortion coverage.
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