Takiya Fullwood, an 18-year-old FAU student, was fatally shot at a party in Tampa two days ago.
Shots went off at 1:30 a.m. in the Ybor Heights area, and Fullwood was pronounced dead at a local hospital soon afterward. The shooter has yet to be caught. Police are still investigating the situation, but believe there was an “altercation” at the party, according to Bay News 9.
Fullwood was studying biology at FAU and intended to graduate this spring before attending dental school. She was a dual enrollment student who had already finished several years of college before graduating from East Bay High in Gibsonton, Fla.
“She was outgoing, fun, intelligent and loved by her community … Her life was cut abruptly and violently, and our family and community are devastated,” her family said in a statement released Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Times reported. “We are seeking justice and ask that anyone with any information about the incident to please contact Tampa Police Department.”
You can reach the Tampa police at 813-231-6130 and the Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-TIPS.
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