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August 14, 2015

DAILYKENN.com -- 70-year-old Rita Langworthy was shot dead in her Flint, Michigan home earlier this week.

Also fatally shot was a one-year-old boy who was identified as Langworthy's grandson, though they were not blood relatives. News reports say the two died in a hale of bullets.

Eight children were staying with Langworthy the night the crime occurred.

The crime occurred in the wee hours of August 10, 2015 on Home Ave. near Martin Luther King Ave.

There have been eleven homicides in Flint, Mich. in the past two weeks.

Some reports cited the victim's age at 71.

Flint's population is about 57 percent black and about 37 percent white.

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The father of a 1-year-old boy killed in a double homicide early Monday morning has identified the two who were shot and killed at a home on Flint's north side.

General Jasper Tyler Jr. said his toddler son, Genesis General Tyler, and Rita Langworthy, 70, were shot inside Langworthy's home in the 200 block of West Home Avenue, in the early morning hours of Aug. 10.

Flint police responded at 2:24 a.m. to reports of shots fired into a home.

Police had not identified the victims, but did say two people were shot and later died at a hospital.

General Tyler said his eight children were staying the night with Langworthy, whom he referred to as their grandmother, because the children hadn't seen her in a couple of weeks.

"I can't believe this," Tyler said. "We've lost so much."

The other children in the home ranged in age from 1 to 12 years old, the family said.

"They were just spending the night," Tyler said. "They ain't been over there in two weeks. She just wanted some company."

Langworthy had been living at the home for about three months, Tyler said.

Langworthy was very active at First Presbyterian Church of Flint, said the church's recently retired pastor, the Rev. John Musgrave.

She retired as principal of Bunche Elementary in 2003 after working many years for the Flint School District, according to The Flint Journal's archives.

"Rita was a very wonderful and loving person who risked her life to take care of all of those children," Musgrave said. "She was very active in the church in a very caring way."

Musgrave knew Langworthy for 13 years and said she was not related to Genesis Tyler by blood.

"She was basically living at that home to take care of those children," Musgrave said. "She saw that as her mission."

In 2011, Langworthy detailed that mission in a "Stewardship Story" posted on First Presbyterian's website titled, "God's Unique Gifts."

"I am not a hero. I am not a Mother Theresa. This is His story and these are His children. I am but a servant who has been given a 'talent' - a unique gift - for which I am responsible," Langworthy wrote. "When my Master comes for an accounting, I want to present college graduates, ministers, missionaries, loving mothers and fathers; grown-up, Christian, children of God ... proof that through the mighty power of God, generational curses can be broken."

A passenger van with seven children was parked in the middle of West Home Avenue, near Martin Luther King Avenue, close to the crime scene early Monday.


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