by Harry Wilmerding

A 63-year-old grandmother passed away on Dec. 6 after being raped and beaten outside a vacant church, multiple sources reported.

Shirley Bryant, a grandmother, visiting her son for her birthday, was attacked, raped and beaten on Nov. 14 outside a vacant church in Detroit, Fox 2 reported.

Local police charged that Elvin Shepard, 44, with assault and intent to murder in relation to the attack, according to the Daily Mail.

Shepard and another man spoke with Bryant outside the church before physically assaulting her one day before her birthday, Fox 2 reported. She was left naked and left for dead when a stranger heard her crying for help.

“These monsters just too my mom away from me… for no reason,” Diwann Bryant, the victim’s son, told Fox 2. “I know you’ve got a mother. I know you’ve got sisters and brothers. And you hit my mama like that? It’s terrible.”

“How in the world could you do a human being like this,” Bryant’s sister, Diana Edgar, told Fox 2. “I promised her before she closed her eyes for good that I would do everything in my power to see that justice was taken.”

Police Chief James White said he believes the incident was not random, and Shepard’s charges may be upgraded to murder, Fox 2 reported. Bryant’s family created a GoFundMe fundraiser to help support the family.

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