WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) — Investigators with the City of Washington Police say they’re making progress in the investigation, but still don’t know who’s responsible for a shooting that killed one young woman and injured another.
Alexis Barnett, 19, was killed in the shooting along Bruce Street, and her friend, Jasmine Young, 21, was wounded.READ MORE: Man Shot In The Head Inside Wilkinsburg Apartment
Family and friends held a candlelight vigil Friday night to remember Barnett, who they say had so much to live for.
The street where Barnett lost her life late Wednesday night was filled with around 100 people remembering a vibrant young woman who had a big smile.
But for Larry Thompson, it’s that smile he will miss the most.
“I lost my baby. I don’t know why. I wake up, and why? There is no why. There is no why,” Thompson, Barnett’s father, said.
Thompson says he kissed his daughter goodbye just four hours before the shooting.
“There’s no way I should be up here looking at you guys telling you how great my baby is,” Thompson said.
Family members spoke to the crowd about Barnett, fondly known as Lexi, a graduate of Washington High School.
“Please don’t play with guns. Everyone thinks they’re so tough, but you’re not that tough. If you gotta pick up a gun you’re not that tough,” one sister said.READ MORE: Travel Restrictions Tighten As COVID-19 Omicron Variant Concerns Grow
Young was with Barnett and several other people walking to a friend’s house the night the shooting happened. Young was shot in the leg and released from the hospital Thursday morning.
Police say the male in the group was the intended target of the shooting.
“She didn’t deserve this. She didn’t do anything to deserve this,” Barnett’s sister, Brianna Thompson, said.
Towards the end of the vigil, things got a little heated when Barnett’s father smelled marijuana.
“This is one of the reasons we’re losing our babies, and your here right now smelling like dope,” Larry Thompson said.
“I hope justice is served. I hope God takes care of it,” one sister said.
The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help with funeral expenses.MORE NEWS: Recall Issued For Hundreds Of Thousands Of Pounds Of Meat Over Listeria Concerns
If you have any information on the shooting or know who’s responsible, the City of Washington Police are asking you to contact them or 911.