‘We want justice’ – Teen killed in drive-by shooting just days before graduation

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An 18-year-old Tennessee girl about to graduate from high school was shot and killed during a late-night trip to McDonald’s. Mya Taylor, a student at Hillcrest High School in Memphis, went to the McDonald’s at Winchester Road and Millbranch Road to get food with her friends.

While in the McDonald’s drive-thru line just after 2:30 Saturday morning with her friends, a silver and gray sedan pulled up and began firing into their vehicle.

Taylor died in the process while a male friend who was also shot was later released from the hospital, according to the police.

“Her best friend said they didn’t even know they were shooting at the car; they just heard gunshots and ducked down,” her sister Brianne Sweat told WREG.

No arrests have been made so far even though photos of a suspect and the car he is said to have entered into have been released by the police.

It is also not known if the car was targeted. According to the best friend who spoke with the victim’s sister, Taylor swapped seats while in the drive-thru line before the shooting started.

“The windows were tinted, if the car was targeted, they would have never known that Mya swapped to that front seat,” said Sweat, who does not believe that her sister was targeted.

“We want justice, but it still wouldn’t help,” Sweat said. “It would help, but it wouldn’t let us feel any less hurt.”

Last week, the authorities of Hillcrest High School posted a message on Facebook about the killing of their student.

“Early this morning, we received word of Mya’s untimely passing and still struggling to come to grips with this sad news,” the statement said. “Our staff and students will truly miss Mya’s smiling face and pray that her family finds peace in knowing she was loved by many, including her Viking Family. To Mya, rest well Young Queen. You are loved and will be missed!!”

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: May 11, 2020


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