Lewisville police need help tracking down the person who shot and killed a 16-year-old cheerleader from McKinney.
School may be out for summer, but that didn’t stop A’mya Batie’s classmates from gathering at Allen high school to talk about her death.
Her friends and Lewisville police detectives are desperate for answers.
Batie was shot to death Thursday night in the parking lot of a Lewisville shopping center. Investigators say a man who was with her, believed to be between 18 and 25 years old, is in critical condition, and a third victim has minor injuries.
Batie was an Allen High School varsity cheerleader who would have been a senior this coming year. Her friends described her as the glue who held the cheer squad together.
She was shot to death in the parking lot of a Lewisville shopping plaza. The medical examiner says she died of homicidal violence after a gunshot in the chest.
Batie’s best friend says the 16-year-old talked about possibly going to a house party in Lewisville Thursday night. Hours later, she woke up to the news that A’mya was dead.
“She wasn’t saying that she was going, but she just kind of sent it like, ‘Hey, this is an option for tonight,'” said Lauren Bradfield, A’mya’s best friend.
Lewisville police say a motive is unclear and have not said how or why they believe A’mya ended up in the parking lot of the shopping plaza. Her friends are sad and angry.
“She was just a special person,” Bradfield said. “And for her to be gone for gun violence to be the reason, I think that needs to be part of the conversation and not just the fact that she was a cheerleader who was maybe in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Police say there were a lot of people in the area at the time of the shooting and believes someone knows what happened.
“A lot of people were in the area at the time of the shooting, and we believe someone knows who is responsible for this act. Any information you might have could help bring justice to this teenage victim and her family. We ask that you join us in offering support and sympathy to the victims and their families,” the Lewisville Police Department said.
“A’mya deserves justice. She didn’t deserve this. We’re all at a loss for words,” said Tori West, JV cheer coach at Allen High School.
Batie’s coaches and fellow cheerleaders gathered at Allen High School Friday to mourn the murder of the 16-year-old rising senior.
“I told them, and of course they were all upset. We spent a little time together, said a prayer, and let them kind of talk about her,” said Cindy Gambill, varsity cheer coach at Allen High School.
“It’s crazy because we were all at cheer camp a month ago with her, and that never crossed my mind that would be the last time that I saw her,” cheer teammate Molly Ryan said.
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SOURCE: Fox 4 News
Anyone with information is urged to call the Lewisville Police Department at 972-219-TIPS.