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Woman Shares Different Perspective on Being from Detroit


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- We're looking deeper into the crime connection between Detroit and both the Kanawha Valley and Huntington.

With all that legal drama, we got a slightly different look with a different perspective.

Michele Kish moved to Huntington six years ago from Detroit for family reasons.

Most people’s perception is so bad, it's changed the way Kish introduces herself when she meets someone for the first time.

"I don't automatically tell people I'm from Detroit,” she said. “I get to know you before you know where I come from."

She says it's sad seeing people from her hometown on local TV, all too often for all the wrong reasons.

"Not everything that comes out of Detroit is bad," she said.

With all the drama making news, she's learned over the years that being from the Motor City carries a very noticeable stigma.

"Everybody automatically assumes you're down here to start trouble or you're down here to sell drugs, or trying to run away from something, when all you're trying to do is make a better life for your children," she said.

Kish has worked at Wal-Mart since she moved here, and she has a son on the honor roll at Huntington High.


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