Jaquayla Young was one of two victims who were allegedly killed during a mass shooting at a house party on the 200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, near the Rochester Public Market, in the state of New York. 14 others were also injured, police confirmed.
“She was an outstanding student who was a leader at East”, a former teacher wrote to News10NBC.
“She had a smile that lit up a classroom and a sense of humor to match it. Jaquayla will be missed dearly”.
Young, was attending Monroe Community College, but still kept contact with her old school. She’d graduated from East High school in the spring of last year and was considering becoming a teacher.
Nelms says it was easy to forget she’d graduated because she came home to the East so often.
Jaquayla Young SHOT DEAD During Shootout at a Rochester Party House
“We have two innocent victims here that were attending a party with a few friends and unfortunately, they lost their lives as a result because three or four individuals decided to carry handguns and pull them out, and shoot at a crowd of 100 to 200 people”, Umbrino said at a news conference.
One of the victims killed in the Saturday morning shootout at a party on Pennsylvania Avenue in Rochester was fondly remembered at her alma mater, Rochester’s East High school.
Two 19-year-old, identified as Jaquayla Young and Jarvis Alexander, are not believed to be the intended targets.
Police Captain Frank Umbrino said Saturday that three or four people fired 40 rounds around 12:30 am.
Jaquayla Young’s Death Under Investigation
“I don’t think Jaquayla was the kind of kid who would go to a party knowing there will be a danger. I think the danger came to her and her friends and it cost her her life”, recalls East High Superintendent Shaun Nelms.
The 14 others wounded by gunfire were between the ages of 17 and 23, and have non-life-threatening injuries.
“This is truly a tragedy of epic proportions,” Rochester’s acting police chief Mark Simmons said.