MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – An entire dance studio mourns the loss of an administrator who was shot and killed in a Memphis Walgreens.
They are now imploring the city to stop the senseless acts of gun violence.
Friends and students of LYE Academy are heartbroken over the death of Juanita Washington.
“She’s just amazing, she’s adorable and watching the news and seeing her life taken away because of gun violence here in Memphis is devastating,” said Ladia Yates, owner of LYE Academy, a dance studio .
Washington was shot at Walgreens off South Perkins on Wednesday.
The shooting happened just before 1 p.m. Memphis police say Washington was taken to Regional One in critical condition where she was later pronounced dead.
Yates says Washington served as chief administrator for more than six years.
“She wasn’t feeling well and needed to run to the Walgreens and get a heating pad for her back, she just told my grandma that on the phone and then we got a call shortly after that ‘She was senselessly murdered,’ Yates said. .
Yates says just two weeks ago they held a birthday party when Washington turned 60.
“Lay down the guns, put down the guns. There’s no way in the world these kids are dying, there’s no way in the world a 60-year-old woman is going to be killed just by going to the store,” Yates said.
Police are still looking for the suspect, they have identified him as a man who fled the scene in a white van.
Yates says the dance team has an upcoming competition in Los Angeles, which they will dedicate and pay tribute to Washington.
Police say a suspect left the scene in a white van. No arrests were made.
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