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Copy of 'The way she died is unbelievable': Friends mourn loss of St. Aug's student killed in D.C.

Posted March 22

— A St. Augustine’s University student was shot and killed while home for spring break in Washington, D.C., when a gunman perched on a hill opened fire Monday, police said.

Ayana McAllister’s family and friends described her as an 18-year-old with a lot of promise.

“We were just talking yesterday. I was supposed to be with her. I just love her,” said McAllister’s friend.

The St. Augustine’s freshman and her sister were watching the filming of a rap video when someone started shooting at about 8:40 p.m. Monday. The family said at least 30 shots were fired.

One of the shots hit McAllister, who was taken to an area hospital, where she died Tuesday.

“My heart just goes out to her family and her mom because this is like my family, because that was my best friend,” the friend said.

Police said a second woman was also shot but suffered non-life threatening injuries.

McAllister loved fashion and was studying criminal justice at St. Augustine’s. The Upper Marlboro, Md., resident was in Washington to spend time with her family. It’s time they said they will now cherish more than ever.

“The way that she died is just unbelievable, unbelievable. Like, it’s just out of nowhere. The way it happened is just so crazy to me,” the friend said.

McAllister’s family said she wanted to become a police officer.

There is a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.


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