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Teen girl's family speaks out after shooting

A North Little Rock teen's family is speaking out, asking the public to stop the violence, after she was shot and killed while with friends at a Little Rock gas station.
The family and community of a North Little Rock teen, shot and killed in Little Rock, hopes their experiences will help shape the future for others for the better.

"Even though she's gone to heaven to be with God, her style will live on," she said flipping through photos of her daughter.

Jasmine Young lived life in bright colors and bold prints.

"Being a fashion designer and an artist -- that was her dream," mom Pam Howard said.

Young's home seemed to be the perfect canvas for her to paint with smiles.

"Her saying momma I love you pancakes," Howard laughs as she cries. "I'll miss that and her smiles. I used to ask her why she called me pancakes, and she said it was because I didn't have a booty."

Last Wednesday, the fabric of Young's family was torn apart. The 17-year-old was shot and killed sitting in a car outside a Little Rock gas station.

The suspects have been arrested, but that doesn't make it easier for those who love her.

"They took an innocent person's life away. She didn't deserve to die like that," Young's sister Shamekia Holloway said.

Young's family was struggling financially before. Now, they're having to find the money to honor her in death after someone else stole her life.

"It's a hurting feeling. I'd rather my kids bury me than me have to bury them," Howard said.

Young's death is the product of violence, spurring fellow students at North Little Rock High School to organize a peace march in her honor.

"It's tragic. It's one loss too many," said march organizer Greg Fudge, the sophomore class president. "Her death, it hurts, and it's time for us to make things change."

Young's life was cut short, but it could be the thread binding a community as a lasting touch on the bigger picture.

"Love one another and let God comfort us and give us the strength -- where we can be better -- because that's what she would want us to do," her father said.

Young's wake is scheduled for Friday from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at Robinson Mortuary after the Peace March.

Her funeral will follow the next day at noon at Friendly Chapel in North Little Rock.

Her family is only asking for prayers from the community, but if you would like to make a memorial donation to help out with funeral expenses in her honor, the family asks that those funds be mailed to Robinson Mortuary at 1201 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Dr.
Little Rock, AR 72202.



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