Friends remember classmate who was shot and killed in Pine Bluff


PINE BLUFF, Ark.-“Everybody couldn’t believe it. It’s shocking, out of nowhere, another classmate passing I don’t know too much to say,” Steven Harris said.

Friends are lost for words after gun violence claimed the life of one of their classmates. Pine Bluff police say 22-year-old Amanda Lee was shot and killed Tuesday night.

It happened at Interstate 530 and Camden Road.

Authorities say the woman was sitting in a car with 26-year-old David Smith when someone shot them.

Steven Harris says he still can’t believe Amanda Lee is gone. Harris says Lee was always smiling and laughing. He says her loving spirit and fun personality will be missed.

“She was just a good person to be around. She didn’t bother nobody,” Harris said.

Steven Harris remembers the day he and Amanda Lee were classmates at Dollarway High School in Pine Bluff.

“You could be walking up to her and she would just started laughing. You’d be like what are you laughing at,” Harris said.

He says Lee was from New Orleans, Louisiana, and had a Cajun accent.

“She use to say stuff like, ‘Hey, do you have some paper?’ or ‘Can I go get some water?’ and I use to be like, ‘What did you say?” Harris said.

Harris said he graduated with Lee in 2015. Their friendship was still strong after high school.

“She was a sweet person, real sweet person,” Harris said.

He can’t believe she was shot and killed Tuesday night.

“I was like, ‘Not Amanda, because she didn’t bother too many people,” Harris said.

He says friends posted about the tragic news on Facebook.

“I even called her just to confirm that and when I didn’t get answer that’s when I knew it was true,” Harris said.

Having to deal with the loss of another classmate, Harris says the violence needs to stop.

“Because innocent bystanders are being hurt for no apparent reason. It’s just pitiful for some to harm someone like that,” Harris said.

He says justice will be served for his sweet friend Amanda.

“What’s done in the dark, comes to the light,” Harris said.

26-year-old David Smith was also in the car and police say he is recovering. Right now, police don’t know who pulled the trigger.

They’re hoping surveillance video can help them piece this murder investigation together.

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