viaEEWMagazine-Karen Reems:

Gospel singer Kierra Sheard is paying tribute to a 26-year-old Wayne State University student who, sadly, disappeared in the Detroit River this past weekend. Her body was discovered and recovered Monday.

“I was honestly praying that something else would come of this,” wrote the saddened songstress on Instagram, reacting to the tragic death of Destani Smith, a pre-dental student, who went under water and never came back up.

Though Sheard, 31, does not share details of their relationship beyond a chat in “Fishbones,” presumably a Detroit-based eatery, she is deeply impacted by the loss.

“I’m still not believing it. Dear Lord, please strengthen the family of this beautiful young woman, Des,” continued Sheard, who also attended and graduated from Wayne State University.

According to a Detroit 7 Action News report, Smith and some friends jumped off the back of a friend’s boat docked at a beach near Belle Isle. As they were swimming in the river Saturday afternoon, the current picked up and dragged the boat away. While another boat was able to get some people to safety, Smith drowne

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