UPDATE 11/18: School officials said Monday around a dozen students saw crisis counselors following the death of Denisheya King. Some students will be selling ribbons to raise money for funeral arrangements. Students are planning a vigil in front of the school Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The principal sent a recorded message to all parents offering condolences and providing information about getting support for students who are struggling with the death.
SUFFOLK -- Police in Suffolk are investigating the shooting death of an 18-year-old girl, who was found dead in the street early Saturday morning.
What police initially described as an “undetermined death” was recharacterized later Saturday afternoon.
According to a news release, emergency dispatch received a call at 2:27 a.m. regarding a fight in progress and shots fired in the 400 block of St. James Avenue.
Police say their preliminary investigation indicates that several individuals were at a house party in this location when some sort of disagreement broke out among the people in attendance. The altercation became physical and spilled out into the street. At some point during the altercation, shots were heard and the people involved in the altercation ran from the scene.
When emergency responders arrived, they found Denishe-Ya King of the 100 block of Saint Charles Avenue in Suffolk lying in the street suffering from gunshot wounds. She was pronounced deceased by Suffolk Fire & Rescue personnel at 2:42 a.m.
King was a senior at King's Fork High School.
Police said Monday, King was the youngest person attending the party.
A spokesperson said that detectives are continuing to interview possible witnesses and request that anyone who may have information contact Suffolk Police or the Crime Line at 1-888-Lock-U-Up.