NewsOne Featured Video
Mia Kanu, Tennessee State University student found dead in Michigan


CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misspelled Mia Kanu’s last name. This article has been updated to reflect a correction.

The family of an aspiring veterinarian and student at a historically Black college (HBCU) is demanding answers after she died days after being found in the middle of a road in Michigan following a party earlier this month.

Mia Kanu either fell out of a moving car or was pushed from one, police deduced after viewing surveillance video that recorded footage of the 23-year-old landing on a road in suburban Detroit in the early morning hours of June 2. But that is seemingly the extent of the information Kanu’s family and local law enforcement said they have amid an investigation that is being treated as a homicide case.

Kanu, who returned to her family’s home in Southfield while on summer break from Tennessee State University (TSU), was hospitalized and placed on life support for several days before she was pronounced dead on June 5, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The nature of Kanu’s injury is uncertain, but Click on Detroit reported she suffered “a serious injury to the back of her head.”

She had been attending a party with her friends before she was found, but little else is known beyond that, her mother said.

“I don’t know what happened,” Bianca Vanmeter told the Detroit Free Press.

Kanu was an organ donor. Her liver went to a baby in need and her kidneys went to someone else.

“We really wanted her heart to go to somebody, because she had such a big heart, but she had a very rare blood type, so we couldn’t find anybody for that,” Kanu’s mother said.

Kanu was hesitant to leave TSU for the summer because of her job at a local veterinarian’s office, her mother said.

“She loved it there (at TSU),” Vanmeter told the Detroit Free Press. “She was already counting the days for when she could go back to school.”

A GoFundMe account set up for Kanu has already garnered more than $33,000 of its $50,000 goal.

“Mia dedicated her life to her family and her friends,” the GoFundMe said in part. “She was so kind, loving, sweet and funny. She was always a team leader and very active in volleyball and school activities. Mia was on track to be a veterinarian until her dreams were cut short.”

The donations will be used to “ease financial burdens” with Kanu’s funeral and memorial as well as to “help her family get through this difficult time.”

NewsOne extends condolences to Kanu’s family, friends and loved ones.


What Happened To Ajike ‘AJ’ Owens? White Woman Kills Unarmed Black Mother Of 4

What Happened To Shanquella Robinson? Fight Video With Friend, Autopsy Suggests Murder In Mexico

Rest In Power: Notable Black People Who Died In 2023
12th Annual "Love N' Courage" Tribute To Tammy Grimes
67 photos