Neighborhood sets up memorial for Tulsa teen
|Updated: 5/29/2012 9:53 pm
||Published: 5/29/2012 9:19 pm
A small memorial was set up on the corner of an East Tulsa neighborhood that is full of heavy hearts.
"Everyone is just in grief and in sorrow" said Miriam Hawkins. Hawkins and other neighbors have placed flowers, stuffed animals, wreaths and cards in the neighborhood where 17-year-old Kayla Ferrante was killed over the weekend.
Neighbors told FOX23 that they can feel the sadness permeating on the block. "It's tragic, just tragic," said Debbie Hodges, "She was just a teenager, just graduated."
Saturday, just before midnight, police responded to gunshots in the in the 12200 block of East 15th Street. TPD said Kayla Ferrante was a passenger inside a vehicle at the time of the shooting. Her boyfriend was driving and just around the corner from her parent's home when the shooting happened. Sargeant Dave Walker said the bullet pierced through the license plate of the car, through the trunk and hit Kayla in the back. TPD believes the killer might have used an assault rifle.
Investigators are working to find the shooter and determine a cause. "Nothing is off the table," said Sargeant Walker, "It could be these people were targeted, it could be the car was targeted, it could be a total random act, it could be a mis-identification of the car."
Neighbors said that Kayla's death has brought them to her knees, an overwhelming sadness that cards and flowers can fix, "My heart just really grieves for the family and the family of the boyfriend too," said Hawkins.
The Tulsa Police Homicide Unit is asking for anyone who may know something to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS, the Homicide Tip Line at 918-798-8477, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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