ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - Family and friends are mourning the loss of two people, shot to death in their vehicle, as their young children were huddled in the backseat.
Twenty-six year-old Angelica Wysinger and 23-year-old William Crume were fatally shot just before 7 pm Monday night near Leisure Park, just south of downtown St. Louis.
Police say a silver vehicle chased the victim’s car while firing shots at them, and that the shooting appeared to be targeted.
The 9 year-old girl was shot in the hand, and is expected to recover. The 7-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy were not physically harmed. All three children are now in the care of their large family, who gathered at Leisure Park to set up a memorial, and raise funds for funeral costs.
“Unbelievable, we never thought it would be her, out of all people,” says Wysinger’s cousin, Shavon Swink. Her cousins say she went by “Jelly,” and was loved by many.
Cousin Correy McCoy says, “Whatever was necessary for her to do for her kids and take care of her kids, that’s the type of mother she was.”
Wysinger and McCoy were very close. He even played matchmaker, setting her up with Crume. The two had a child together.
Now, that 2-year-old boy is orphaned, and the 7 and 9-year-old girls, who have a different father, have no mother. McCoy says, “The girls’ father, the young son’s father and my family, we’ve got them very well taken care of. We just want to make sure they’re ok.”
It’s hard for family to wrap their mind around what happened. McCoy can’t imagine they were targeted: “She don’t have no enemies, she was a people person, everybody loved her, that’s why we have so much support back here right now.”
St. Louis police say there are still no suspects. Meanwhile, the non-profit Kingdom House, across the street from the park, did capture some vehicles of interest on surveillance, which they handed over to police.
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