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Thursday, May 19, 2016

22 Year-old Mother Symone Marshall Dies in Texas Police Custody After Weeks of Neglect

Symone Nicole Marshall

Symone Nicole Marshall and her daughter

Huntsville, TX — Symone Marshall, a beautiful 22-year-old mother of a 3-year-old-daughter, died in police custody on Tuesday, May 10th with no real explanation. According to her family, she was in a brutal car accident on April 26th in which her car flipped over several times before landing in a ditch. The police, however, did not take her to the hospital; She was instead taken to the Walker County Jail in Huntsville, Texas.

Her sister, Honey Marshall, said that someone ran her off the road. She commented, “My sister Symone moved to Texas for a fresh start in life a few months ago. She was doing good down there, had a job and was about to buy a house. She’s a beautiful person, never been in trouble before and didn’t deserve this.”

She added, “When I talked to her from jail, she complained that her head was hurting and she kept blacking out. I called the jail several times and requested for them to take her to a real hospital and they wouldn’t do so. If they would have this, her death could have been prevented and my sister would still be here. My heart hurts so bad. She was my best friend. I am so angry that they did this to her.”

Meanwhile, both police and jail officials continue to decline to comment or release information about the accident to the media and to Marshall’s family.

On their GoFundMe page, her family says, “We are seeking 3 things to help us: media attention on this issue, justice for the two weeks of gross negligence that resulted in her death, and donations toward giving Symone a beautiful funeral. We appreciate the love and support. #BlackLivesMatter”

So far, the GoFundMe page has raised more than $8,000.