Re'Keyia Corbin was a remarkable mother, grandmother, sister, wife, friend, co-worker, and all-around exceptional woman. Keke, as she was known to everyone who loved her, was the "type of woman who never forgot a birthday, according to her family and friends. She was always giving out hugs, love, and gifts. Forever wearing her big, joyous smile, her door was always open. She moved in various circles. Keke could befriend any and everyone, and she did. Keke was full of personality and never met a stranger, her family reports.
"She was a good person all the way around, she didn’t do anything else, she was giving and anything you wanted in a person, it would have been her," her cousin Janae Graham, told Fox 2 Detroit.
Keke was from Detroit, Michigan, where much of her family still lives. She, her husband, 10-year-old son, and daughters lived in her near-eastside Columbus, Ohio home. Her aunt, who Keke was exceptionally close to, was celebrating her 70th birthday in Detroit. Keke and her 10-year-old son rented an SUV and drove to Detroit to bring gifts, celebrate her birthday visit their family, report family members.
On January 19, 2021, as they were leaving her aunt's house, Keke and her son stopped at an intersection and were surrounded by four men armed with guns and shot multiple times. The beautiful, phenomenal 44-year-old wife and mother was killed while, miraculously, 10-year-old son survived.
"He’s able to walk still, he pulled through, he’s really strong," Keke's cousin Janae Graham, told Fox 2 Detroit. "We just want to know who did it, nothing else. We want, but justice."
The shooting occurred in an intersection near Bassett Street and Downing Street in Southwest Detroit. According to Telegram News, the shooting involved four people traveling in a Black Chrysler 300 with tinted windows and with a partial plate of 413. The shooting occurred while her brother, Shon Jackson, was on the phone with the pair.
"I didn’t hear the shots, but my nephew started hollering and he said that he had been shot," Shon Jackson told Fox 2 Detroit.
Her family friends are left to celebrate holidays and her birthday without her. Her Facebook timeline stays busy with posts from family and friends who miss her. According to their Facebook posts on her timeline, they have moments throughout their days and lives where they miss her voice, her friendly words, her supportive shoulder, the daily prayers she posted for everyone. The children that she loved, raised, nurtured, and would do anything in this world for, are left to navigate life without the mother who died in front of the youngest one of them.
The family and friends of Keke believe her murder was a case of mistaken identity. No one has been arrested in the senseless and tragic murder of Re’Keyia Corbin and the attempted murder of her 10-year-old son.
If you have any information on the homicide of Re’Keyia Corbin and the attempted homicide of her 10-year-old son, please contact the Detroit Police Department at 313-596-2200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 773-2587.