Hillcrest HS senior fatally shot just days before graduating

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An 18-year-old woman, just about to graduate from high school, was shot and killed Saturday as she waited in a fast-food drive-thru line.

FOX13’s Winnie Wright spoke with her grieving family Monday at the scene of the crime. They told us this does not even feel real.

Around 2 a.m. Saturday, Jolanda Wright took a break from work and called her daughter, then 30 minutes later, she was gone.

“My mom received a phone call from my sister’s phone,” said Brianne Sweat, Mya Taylor’s sister. “Her best friend was screaming. She could hardly understand them. The only thing she could understand was that Mya had gotten shot.”

It was a call every parent dreads and instead of planning for graduation, they are planning a funeral.

The crime scene tape was the only visible reminder at the McDonald’s of what happened early Saturday morning. It still hung from the chain length fence surrounding the parking lot.

“Mya was a really sweet person,” Sweat said. “She was really goofy. She didn’t take much seriously.”

Sweat said Taylor didn’t have enemies but was just at the wrong place at the wrong time and with the wrong people.

“Her friend said Mya, right before it happened said, ‘why is that car staring at us,’” Sweat said.

Her family said they don’t know the boys who offered to drive Taylor and her friend to McDonald’s, especially so late.

But they believe they must have been followed and targeted.

Just seconds before the shooting, Taylor moved from the back seat to the front passenger seat, where the shooter pointed their gun.

“Talking to people about who they are into it with, nobody wants to tell us, but you have to think, that could have been your son,” Sweat said. “You would want someone to help you bring them to justice.”

The family is pleading for the community’s help.

By the time she got to the hospital, Taylor was gone.

“Everyone wants justice for Mya,” Sweat said. “It’s not going to bring her back, but it will make us feel a lot better to know that the people that did this will pay.”

“They said the guy drove up, was hanging out the window with a black hoodie and a black mask covering his mouth and shot up the front of the car,” Sweat said. “All the bullets were in the front of the car.”

The suspect’s car is described as a silver 2010 Toyota Camry.

The family doesn’t know the men who were in the car, or if they are cooperating with police. But they are begging anyone with information to come forward.

“This hurts," Wright said. “It hurts. I need to know something. I just want justice.”

If you have any information about who killed Taylor, contact Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.

The family has set up a GoFundMe to raise money for her funeral, no parent ever plans to bury a child.

The family also said Memphis Police have video from that McDonald’s, showing the man responsible.

FOX13 has reached out for the footage.