Vigil honors college-bound 17-year-old girl, shot while driving car in NE DC

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WASHINGTON D.C. - A huge group of loved ones and community leaders gathered for a vigil Thursday night in the area where a 17-year-old girl was shot while driving her car.

Metropolitan Police announced that Jamahri Sydnor, 17, died from her injuries on Saturday. 

Family members say the Woodrow Wilson High School graduate was just days away from heading to Florida A&M University.

"She was smart, she was articulate, she was a dancer, she was a singer, she was going places," says Sydnor's mom, Q Wallace, a detective with the Metropolitan Police Department. "I promise you the great men and women that I work with are not going to stop until they get the person who killed my baby."

Back on August 10th, around 3:32 p.m., a police incident report says two shooters approached the area of Saratoga and Montana Avenue, hiding behind bushes in a yard.

The report says the shooters then opened fire, shooting into a crowd of people congregating across the intersection.

One of the bullets hit Sydnor and she was taken to the hospital in grave condition.

Another man was shot and taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police arrested one suspect, Philip Carlos McDaniel, 21, of Northeast, DC, and charged him with Assault with Intent to Kill.

MPD Chief, Peter Newsham, described her death as “senseless” in a tweet, saying, “A seventeen year old is struggling for her life because someone thought it was OK to fire an illegal firearm in our community.”

Several loved ones, including Sydnor's mom, begged for the other person involved to come forward during the vigil.

A spokeswoman for DCPS says counselors and members of the Crisis Response Team were available on Monday to meet with any students or staff who need support.

"We will continue to take every step we can to be responsive to the needs of our students and their families," says Janae Hinson, Deputy Press Secretary.

The case remains under investigation and police ask anyone who has information about the shooting to call police at 202-727-9099.