Family of third Hickory deadly shooting victim speaks out
Quajuae Kennedy (Photo courtesy family)
Quajuae Kennedy and her mother, Hope. (Photo courtesy family)
HICKORY, NC (WBTV) -
Family members say Quajuae Kennedy always had a smile on her face. Now, they will never get to see that smile again after she died from her gunshot wounds Saturday morning.
Kennedy, as well as four others, were shot early Friday morning in the parking lot of J. McCroskey's Irish Pub and Grill in Hickory. Three of those victims, including Kennedy, are now dead.
Police arrested Dontray Cumberlander and Greydon Hansen, charging them with three counts of murder. The Catawba County District Attorney's Office officially handed down that third count in court Monday.
Kennedy died Saturday evening. Her mother said she still cannot believe her daughter is no longer here.
"My daughter was a wonderful girl. She didn't meet a stranger. She always had a smile. When she walked into a room, she just lit it up," said Hope Kennedy, Quajuae's mother.
According to Kennedy, Quajuae was having a fun night out with friends when this shooting happened.
"My daughter didn't deserve this. She was just at the wrong place at the wrong time," Hope Kennedy said.
Police say Cumberlander and Hansen got into some sort of argument with the five victims before opening fire. Officials do not believe the suspects and victims knew each other.
Family members told WBTV they are asking for two things now: prayer and justice.
"There was no reason. They didn't know these people. They were just looking for trouble. We lost a loved one. We lost someone very dear to our heart. They do not deserve to roam the world and be free," said Tonya Short, Quajuae's aunt.