Detroit police: Ex-Cantrell funeral home damaged by rock

Sarah Rahal Breana Noble
The Detroit News
Damage was found in the glass entry of Cantrell Funeral Home.

Detroit — Investigators believe damaged glass in the entry of the former Cantrell Funeral Home was not the result of a bullet, police said Tuesday.

After interviewing the owner and building security and analyzing the window, investigators found the glass had been chipped, not penetrated, Detroit Police Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood said.

"It appears to be a rock that hit it and damaged the window," Kirkwood said. "It was not a gunshot. There was no bullet casing found."

Naveed Syed, who in September purchased the funeral home located at 10400 Mack Avenue with plans to repurpose it as a community center, told The Detroit News about the damaged glass on Monday.

Syed said on Tuesday fragments found outside the building looked like they could be from a bullet, though police later determined they were not. No bullet was found outside the building.

"It looked like a bullet mark," Syed said. "The night security was in the back doing his rounds and informed my staff that he heard a shot. ... I am quite relieved that it was not a bullet."

Syed said he plans to replace the glass and still is looking into installing bulletproof glass because "we don't want anyone getting hurt, whether it's a gunshot or a rock."

The incident is the latest to occur at the former Cantrell Funeral Home where an investigation revealed nearly 300 remains were abandoned inside the facility. 

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs began its investigation into Cantrell in April, when it found decomposing bodies covered in mold, along with other violations. In October, Detroit police and LARA inspectors discovered 11 infant and fetal remains stored in a false ceiling, after receiving a letter that also alleged fraud at the funeral home.

That grisly discovery kicked off a criminal investigation by Detroit police that also includes alleged wrongdoing at Perry Funeral Home, which also has had its license suspended.

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Syed plans to repurpose the center as part of his nonprofit Quality Behavioral Health Services, an addiction treatment center and counseling services. 

"We're looking good and our target for opening is sometime mid-March," Syed said. "We are ready from our point of view but the city has to approve everything."
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