Last Updated on October 18, 2023, 2:29 pm
A 25-year-old Gina Bryant, a student at the University of Michigan-Flint, was allegedly shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend in Macomb Township, Michigan. Bryant’s family believes she was kidnapped from southeast Michigan last week.
The Macomb Township resident Gina Bryant, 25, was reported missing to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office. When she failed to show up for work following her lunch break, coworkers worried. She also started sending them strange texts on her phone.
About The Incident
According to the investigation, when Bryant came home for lunch, her boyfriend, Justin Wendling, 26, of Holly, was waiting for her on October 12, at around 1:42 p.m., the suspect was captured on camera guiding Bryant into his car by a neighbor’s security system.
Bryant’s parents received phone calls from the suspect the following day, saying he had killed Bryant and intended to take his own life. After Bryant’s mother notified the police, it was discovered that the suspect was at that time in Lasalle, Illinois.
On October 13, around midnight, the perpetrator fatally shot the victim in a truck stop security film from LaSalle, Illinois. A female’s body was discovered close to the fuel pumps at the Flying J Travel Stop on Interstate I-80, where police from LaSalle were called and later at 7:43 p.m. A department news release stated that she had been shot in the head.
The suspect then ran to Bettendorf, Iowa, where local law enforcement tracked him down. Police in Bettendorf, Iowa, discovered the suspect’s car 85 miles distant four hours later at 11:45 p.m., according to the announcement.
A news release stated that when Bettendorf police arrived, they heard a gunshot and found the suspect dead inside the car from a self-inflicted wound. The authorities identified the shooter as Bryant’s ex-boyfriend, 26-year-old Justin Wendling of Holly.
Macomb County Sheriff’s Office released an Official statement regarding the incident through a Facebook post and wrote, “MISSING WOMAN INCIDENT ENDS TRAGICALLY.”
The Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigations section and the La Salle County Coroner’s Office are all conducting additional investigations into the shooting.
According to the coroner’s office, a forensic autopsy was performed on Monday; the results are still pending. Further details regarding the incident have yet to be made public.
About Gina Bryant
Bryant attended International Academy, a magnet school in Oakland County with three campuses with high academic standards. Bryant made her closest friend, Fenton resident Courtney Pefley. After leaving International Academy, Bryant finished her last year at Sterling Heights Stevenson High School, where she earned a cum laude diploma in 2016, according to her sister.
Bryant volunteered alongside Pefley at the Friendship Circle, a West Bloomfield Township organization that helps and supports people with special needs and their families. To prepare for her Jewish coming-of-age ceremony or bat mitzvah, Pefley began volunteering at the NGO.
Additionally, Bryant provided private therapy to Pefley and a family whose child has autism. According to her sister, she also had experience working with individuals who had special needs when they had jobs in the community.
Bryant graduated from Grand Valley State University in December 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in allied health sciences, focusing on pre-physician assistant studies. She was also enrolled in the school’s expedited Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
The dean of the School of Nursing, Cynthia McCurren, emailed Bryant’s coworkers and teachers on Sunday that she was “heartbroken” to hear of her passing. Thoughts and Condolences to her family and community in this challenging time; her funeral details have not been released yet. Prayers for the young girl; may she get peace hereafter. Rest in Peace, Gina Bryant.
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