Family of Slain Teen Calls for Justice

Police are still seeking information about the crime

By Scott Brodbeck
|  Sunday, Oct 11, 2009  |  Updated 12:00 PM EDT
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Family of Slain Teen Calls for Justice

The family of slain teen Kenyetta Stanley are mourning her death and calling for justice.

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She was an innocent bystander. Sitting on a playground bench outside the Edgewood Terrace apartments in northeast Washington, 17-year-old Kenyetta Stanley had no reason to believe that her young life was about to be cut short. But nearby, two masked gunmen lurked.

Suddenly they opened fire on apartment security guards and, according to detectives, one of their bullets missed its mark, striking Kenyetta in the head.

Kenyetta Stanley died in the hospital on Friday, a day after the shooting. Now her family is pleading for justice.

“She has a right to sit on a bench and not be hit by a bullet that someone chose to shoot,” said Sharon Stanley, the victim’s mother.

Police say they’re not getting the tips they need in the case. That has family members outraged.

“If you know what happened you need to speak up,” said Kenyetta’s sister, who joined other heartbroken friends and family members at the crime scene Saturday night. “Say something, don’t be scared, that’s what’s wrong with the community now.”

“Someone did this and someone knows who did it, they’re too cowardly to even come forward,” said Sharon Stanley, who also recalled her daughter’s dreams for the future.

“Kenyetta was a talented, beautiful girl,” she said. “She loved music, she loved to… dance, she liked to play basketball, she liked to record in the studio and write music.”

A $25,000 reward is being offered in the case. If you have any information on the shooting, call D.C. police at 202-727-9099.
 

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