Maryland student laid to rest, Police: No new leads in murder investigation

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

WASHINGTON --   Eighteen year old Ayana McAllister was murdered while home for spring break.  The college student and Largo High School graduate was laid to rest Monday, but for her family and friends, the pain was still very fresh.

“It happened really suddenly, it is almost like she is supposed to be here, but she is gone, that’s it,” family friend, Shantelle Smith, expressed through tears.  “It is like I am reminded about it everyday.”

Smith said she has been close to the McAllister family for years.

“How Ayana’s life ended had nothing to do with how she was raised,” explained Smith.

Police said the student was hit by a stray bullet while she was watching her friends make a music video on Benning Road in Northeast on March 20.

“That is why it is so heartbreaking, because it is like she had no business being in that area, and it is like if we could have just prevented that one night, she would have never been in a situation like that, ever,” Smith said as she wiped her tears.

Ten days after the shooting, MPD told DCW50 they had no new leads in the investigation; No look out, no suspect descriptions, police said they need people in the community to come forward with information.

“It saddens me because who ever did this to her, they are just still out there, like they did nothing wrong, there is no justice, nothing,” cried Smith as she looked at Ayana’s obituary.

A family, and a community try to come to terms with the loss of someone loved by so many, and pray police make headway in the case.