On the corner of Good Hope road and Alabama Avenue in Southeast Sunday afternoon, people mourned the death of 27 year old Charnice Milton, who was killed during a deadly week in D.C.
Milton worked for Capital Community News covering Wards 7 and 8. Ironically the violence there is what took her life.
"There was nothing that stopped her. Even when trying to get a story, she had to on the bus go from one place to another to get the story she was trying to get and she didn't stop," said Francine Milton, the victim's mother.
The bullet that hit her wasn't intended for Milton, but this was worse than just a case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Milton was at a bus stop waiting to get home from a story assignment and what happened next is horrific. Her parents say a young man grabbed her and used her to block a bullet that was intended for him. Now the hunt is on for her killer.
At the vigil those who know and loved Charnice talked about her accomplishments including a Master's degree from Syracuse University and her ability to overcome issues like the Asperger's syndrome her family says she suffered from. Charnice had many reasons to celebrate life.
All police have said about the suspect is he a teen with dreadlocks, who was on a dirt bike or moped and opened fire on another group of guys on bikes.
Milton's family is sure someone out there knows who that shooter is.. They're asking people to use the hashtag #justiceforCharnice to spread their message on social media and find him.