It's a tragic start to the New Year’s holiday for one family after the death of their teenage daughter. She was gunned down during a fight at a New Year's Eve party in Northwest Oklahoma City.
News 9 learned that the girl who was shot and killed overnight was Rashya Long,17, and she was a Junior at Centennial High School in Northeast Oklahoma City.
The deadly shooting happened outside the Penn 3 Plaza business complex off NW 39h and Pennsylvania Ave.
Oklahoma City police got the call shortly after 1 a.m. Friday, about a fight that had spilled out into the parking lot, and that shots had been fired. Though an ambulance did arrive on the scene, it was already too late.
Police say when they arrived they found Long dead in the parking lot.
“We don't yet know how the fight started whether or not it started inside an apartment and spilled out into the parking lot, or whether it all started in the parking lot,” said Lt. Jeff Spruill with the Oklahoma City Police Department. “But all we know is by the time shots were fired, it was in the parking lot outside of the apartment building.”
Family members arrived at the scene as police were investigating and questioning some of the young people who attended the party.
They were too distraught to talk on camera, but told News 9 that Rashya was the manager for the Centennial High School basketball team and that she had a love for dance.
Her stepfather told News 9 Rashya was a good kid and both he and the rest of the family are still stunned by what they are calling a senseless act of violence.
Now on this first day of 2016, those who attended the private New Year’s party are coming to terms with the fact that a night full of promise resulted in the city's first homicide of the year. And students at Centennial High will now be returning to school next week without one of their classmates.
So far, police have not released a description of the suspects involved and no arrests have been made.