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17-year-old girl from Youngstown dies after being shot in car in Collinwood

Posted at 2:40 PM, Mar 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-05 17:10:02-05

A 17-year-old girl from Youngstown died on Sunday after she was shot Thursday night while inside a car in Cleveland's Collinwood neighborhood, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner confirmed.

Destiny Brown, of Youngstown, was shot while in the front passenger seat of a Volkswagen late Thursday night in the 14400 block of Westropp Avenue. She died from her injuries Sunday evening, her family said. She was the youngest of six children.

"She really liked to enjoy life, and I wish she was still here with us," said Destiny's sister, Alexis Myers. "She didn’t even make it to her 18th birthday. I just want justice and I just want peace and I just want closure for my family for her."

A 21-year-old man was next to Brown in the driver's seat of the parked Volkswagen when the driver said the suspected vehicle, possibly a dark van, pulled up behind them with bright lights, according to the report.

The 21-year-old driver told police that he was dropping off a 19-year-old woman who Brown was visiting at the time.

The 19-year-old who was dropped off went inside the house and, seconds later, said she heard approximately 14 gunshots and ducked.

She told police that she attended Job Corps with Brown, who came from Youngstown to visit her. Brown graduated from the training program in Cleveland six months ago and planned to be a medical assistant.

Moments after shots were fired, the girl told police that she called Brown, who said, "I have been shot."

The 21-year-old driver asked Brown if she knew the car that pulled behind him. Brown said no, according to the report.

The driver took off with Brown and stopped in front of Blue Breeze Bar, 16826 Lakeshore Blvd., where he flagged down a man on the side of the road for help, according to the report. The driver told police he gave the man standing in front of the bar his phone to talk to 911 because he was too frantic. 

Police have made no arrests in connection with the shooting.