|Updated: 6/01/2012 9:33 pm
||Published: 6/01/2012 7:48 pm
East Tulsa --
It’s nearly one week later and there are still no answers in the death of 17-year-old Kayla Ferrante. Kayla was shot and killed last Saturday night just one day after she graduated from Memorial High School. The bullet traveled through the license place and trunk before hitting her in the back. It happened near 122nd and east 15th street just before midnight.
Her boyfriend, Neikko Perez, tells FOX23 that he was taking Kayla home that night when it happened. He had just told her he loved her when all of a sudden, they heard what sounded like fireworks. Then, Kayla started to gasp for breath.
The two had dated for more than a year and were planning a lifetime together.
“Right when she was 18 we would get married and start our life. She would move in with me and we would start,” says Perez.
But Saturday, May 27th, changed everything.
"Right before it happened I was just holding her hand. I wasn't looking at the road, I was looking straight at her and I told her I love you,” Perez says.
Then, Kayla started to gasp for air.
"She was bleeding from her chest and I ran around to the driver's side and I started honking the horn,” he says.
Frantic, Neikko began screaming for the neighbors to call 911.
"It was the scariest thing of my life. I never thought something like this would happen,” he says.
Now, all that remains of Kayla are photos and a huge hole in his heart.
"I barely eat. I'm a big guy and I barely eat. I try to work and it's hard to focus and I only get a couple hours of sleep. That's it,” Perez says.
Police are working quickly to try and piece together what happened, but they don’t have much to go on. Officers have reason to believe the shooter used a high-powered assault rifle.
"I just want to find out why and who did this. She didn't deserve it,” he says.
Kayla had just graduated from Memorial High School and was looking forward to eventually working with special needs children. Perez tells FOX23 the night Kayla was killed; he had borrowed his boss’s car because it was parked behind his truck. TPD is not sure if that car was a target.
The Tulsa Police Homicide unit is asking for the public’s help to solve this crime.
You can call the homicide tip line at 918-798-8477