FORT WAYNE, IND. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Heartbroken members of a community came together Wednesday saying they are fed up with the violence in their neighborhood.
Violence that left a Fort Wayne woman dead, shot in front of her two children.
Details of what police say happened can be found here.
The coroner identified the shooting victim as 23-year-old Lashonda Denise Eldridge.
Fort Wayne’s NBC news is learning more about the woman Eldridge was.
Family members and friends gathered for a memorial to honor a life lost. They gathered at the same place where Eldridge was killed last night. They say they wanted to show that violence can’t rip them apart. Instead, they say, they want it to unite them.
Relatives and friends of Eldridge say she was bright and had a great smile.
“She was uplifting she was an angel,” Malitia Davinci a family friend continued by saying Eldridge was the type of person that, “No matter what type of person you were or what she did. She never judged you, she always looked passed that and saw the good in you.”
Many remember the 23-year-old single mother as someone who would do anything for her children.
The people who loved Eldridge are still trying to wrap their heads around the fact that she was gunned down in front of her young children. Her cousin, Aaron Boone says the family wants to know why.
“Why in front of the kids. Was it that serious? I don’t see how anything could be that serious that you could shoot and murder somebody in front of their kids,” Boone said.
The violence has rocked an entire family, young and old.
Natasia Austin, Eldridge’s 10-year-old cousin said she was more like an Aunt.
“[I] just have fun with her, have a girls day and a whole bunch of other stuff. She treated me like her own daughter,” said Austin.
Now her loved ones say they hope the community can rally behind them to bring an end to the violence.
“Just put the guns down. You could be a reason that it happens or you could be the reason that it stops happening,” said Davinci.
The family talked about how thankful they were that so many strangers were there Wednesday along with them.
Everyone in attendance has one wish, to get their message across with one voice, to say, “enough is enough.”
If you would like to donate or help the family you can reach out to Aaron Boone.
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