Adaisha Miller's Mother Questions Daughter's Death After a Hug

Miller had been dancing with off-duty police officer Isaac Parrish when his service revolver discharged.

Posted: 07/10/2012 11:07 AM EDT
Eddie Miller and Yolanda McNair talks about their daughter, Adaisha Miller.

Eddie Miller and Yolanda McNair talk about their daughter, Adaisha Miller. (Photo: AP Photo/Mike Householder)

One moment Adaisha Miller was giving Isaac Parrish a hug while they were dancing at a fish fry and the next, she was fatally shot by the off-duty police officer's gun. 

Yolanda McNair, Miller's mother, is having a difficult time trying to make sense of it all and has questions that she may never be able to answer: How do you die from giving a hug? Why is she making funeral arrangements instead of baking her daughter a birthday cake? Why was Parrish wearing a gun at a party in his home in Detroit.

Writes the Associated Press:

Police said Adaisha Miller was dancing with the officer early Sunday morning when she hugged him from behind. His gun, which was in a waist holster, went off, and the bullet punctured Miller's lung and hit her heart. She died at a hospital.

Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee described Miller's death during a Monday news conference as a tragic, "unfathomable" accident.


"Somehow, in the course of dancing with the individual to his rear and touching his waist, his Detroit Police Department-issued weapon discharged, striking Ms. Miller," Godbee said. "There is absolutely no indication that the officer placed his hand on his weapon at all."

Detroit police officers have the option of carrying their weapons while off-duty, writes AP. The investigation into the shooting continues and an autopsy is planned.

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