Gynnya McMillen’s family wants answers, after the 16-year-old died at a juvenile detention center in Kentucky on Jan. 11.

McMillen was at the Lincoln Valley Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Elizabethtown, Ky., but officials have released very little details about her death.

According to the initial autopsy report, McMillen didn’t have any bruising and Cornoner Will Lee said it was unlikely she had a heart condition.

A Facebook page “Justice for Gynnya McMillen,” was created by her sister asking for answers.

“My 16yr old sister died in custody of a detention center but they’re not giving out any info on how she was found and they’re saying (her) autopsy shows no cause of death”.

Information has not been released as to why McMillen was in the center.

“Gynnya stayed to herself a whole lot,” Whaley said. “She didn’t bother anyone, she didn’t disturb anyone and didn’t kick up any fuss,” Karen Whaley, a counselor who worked with McMillen at another residential facility, told the media.

Whaley echoed calls on the Facebook page for details about the circumstances of McMillen’s death.

“I don’t know how she passed and that’s the one thing that’s blowing me away. That and it being in police custody,” Whaley said.

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  • noirluv45

    These devils are hiding something because if they weren’t, they’d freely give the grieving family closure. This is pure evil! Withholding information from a family member is criminal. They have a right to know what happened when this child was in police custody. I hope the family hires an attorney to get to the bottom of this mess. It’s bad enough to lose someone you love, but when under questionable circumstances, it makes the pain worse. My heartfelt sympathies go out to Gynnya loved ones.

  • The police are Nazis. They protect each other no matter what. The unexplained death of a black girl does not matter to them. They prefer it that way.

    All this is terrible. The family has to beg for a reason. And that is terrible.

  • Val

    The family needs to contact the Justice Department. RIP Gynnya.

  • Mrs.J

    I’m glad that the police and people that work in prisons and the juvenile systems are finally being help accountable for things.For so long they’ve been untouchable but now their secrets are spilling out.

  • This is an important story. It is terrible and heartbreaking that Gynnya is not here physically. Yet, her spirit lives on forever. For years, many black youth have experienced the destructive school to prison pipeline system. We know how zero tolerance policies haven’t worked completely and how suspensions in schools are readily racially biased (as proven by studies). There have been many stories of abuse and other forms of harm done to black people in juvenile centers. The Annie E. Casey Foundation and countless stories document this reality. For the authorities to not immediately give great details about the passing of Sister Gynnya McMillen shows the racist and disrespectful nature of mainstream society. It is a disgrace to see a grieving family to not see real details about her autopsy (in a comprehensive fashion) and how she passed. The family is left out. We should all be angry at how black girls are treated in this world. Many black girls have been treated very brutally and their voices are readily ignored. This should change now. This story certainly makes any freedom loving person to call for not only transparency, but for justice. We want to know exactly what happened and why. The police institution since its inception in America have numerous people in it that protect the interests of the 1 percent instead of the masses of the people (as we believe in power to the people) and has conducted terrorism (from the Haymarket situation to Bloody Sunday). The proletariat and all proponents of liberation will have their voices heard. I send prayers and condolences to the family of Gynna McMillen.

    #Say Her Name.