An 18-year-old LeMoyne-Owen College student was killed during a drive-by shooting in Parkway Village Sunday night.
Kiara Tatum was shot and killed outside of a home on the 3000 block of Danville Road at about 8:15 p.m. on Jan. 1.
The shooting death is the first homicide investigation for Memphis Police in 2017.
“This is going to be a hard one for everybody,” Remeisha Hunter, 16, told FOX13.
Hunter goes to Sheffield High School, where Tatum recently graduated. She told FOX13 she and Tatum were on the step team together.
Friends and family describe Tatum as an outgoing leader with a bright future who excelled at academics.
“I miss her so much, it’s so hard,” Hunter said. “Her sister, it’s really hitting Alexis. They were so close.”
Police told FOX13 two men in a white car drove by a crowd of people standing in the front yard. The gunmen stopped at the corner of Danville Rd and Aloha Ave, and shot at a group of people.
Friends told FOX13 Tatum was with friends at her boyfriend’s home in Parkway Village for the New Year holiday, and was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Tatum was dead by the time emergency responders made it to the scene.
“It scares you to not to let your kids go out to even go to the mall,” Corina Hunter, Remeisha’s mother, said. “For someone just to take her life like that, it’s sad.”
After a violent holiday season in Memphis, Corina Hunter talked to FOX13 about conversations she has with her kids to keep them safe.
But she added parents can’t be with teenagers all the time, and Tatum’s death seems to be a reminder to parents that no one is immune to violence.
“Make sure your kids know who God is, so they can pray to god and make sure their protection is there, because it's so much happening out here,” Corina Hunter said.
Friends and family are holding a vigil for Kiara Monday night at 3065 Danville Ave at 5:00.
The two gunmen left the scene in a white car. No one has been arrested.
If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.
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