People gather to remember a woman who was killed outside the Phoenix nightclub
People gather in Avondale Park to remember a woman who was killed outside the Phoenix nightclub
Destiny McClain, 23, was killed outside the Karamba nightclub near downtown Phoenix on the night of July 18. Police say she ordered food from a food truck when she was hit by gunfire. Family, friends, and others gathered to remember McClain on July 21. Jennifer Martinez from FOX 10 reports.
PHOENIX – On the night of July 21, a vigil was held in the West Valley for a young woman who was shot and killed outside a nightclub in Phoenix over the weekend.
Related: Police: Woman shot dead by stray gunshots while ordering from a food truck outside Phoenix nightclub
The shooting occurred in the early hours of July 18 in front of the Karamba night club. Phoenix Police officers said officers answered a call in the area at 3:30 a.m. and when they arrived they found a woman with a life-threatening gunshot wound.
“You can hear that five rounds go off. Could have been more,” said Rafael Martinez in a telephone interview on July 18th.
The victim, identified as 23-year-old Destiny McClain, later died in hospital.
“We ran to her and they started CPR,” Martinez said. “I held her wound with my shirt and wiped the blood from her nose and mouth. We’re just trying to get her pulse going until the paramedics got there and doing what we could to keep her alive. “
An investigation found that McClain was ordering food from a food truck when she was hit by gunfire, police say.
Police aren’t sure if the shooting was targeted or just a random occurrence, but Martinez believe the club was targeted.
“Everyone in Phoenix knows what this is, and when someone thinks it’s okay to do that, it’s very disturbing, especially in this day and age. A woman’s life has been cut short, but they have to find the suspect and get this done. “Family,” Martinez said.
Friends, family say that the victim was loved by many
A number of people at the vigil held at Friendship Park in Avondale wore green. Green was McClain’s favorite color.
During the vigil, green balloons were released into the night sky.
“It’s so nice to know that my sister has touched so many lives and so many people have come to support us,” said Bryana McClain, the victim’s big sister. “It makes me happy to know that so many people have cried over my sister because I don’t want her to be forgotten or just to be known as the girl who shot a food truck because she was more than that. “
Colleagues, family, friends, and people who had heard their story and wanted to support the family came to say a prayer and take a moment of silence. Those who knew the victim told stories of the girl they say was silly and caring with a heart of gold.
“Definitely silly, always commands me around, and like I said, I’m the big cousin, but she would put me in my place because she was the little big cousin,” said Myresha Miller, the victim’s big cousin .
The family asks the Sagittarius to do the right thing.
“We just want the person to get in touch because we keep asking ourselves why,” said Bryana.
Anyone with information should leave an anonymous lead by calling the silent witness at 480-WITNESS. Spanish speakers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Testigo Silencioso at 480-TESTIGO.
If you have information on this case, call the silent witness helpline (480-WITNESS, 480-837-8446).
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