Shooting victims families join together to pray; no arrests have been made

Stephanie Fletcher
Stephanie Fletcher

Louisville, KY - By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro Police continue to search for the person responsible for shooting two women early on July 25. 30-year-old Stephanie Fletcher died; her friend is still hospitalized.

According to Alicia Smiley, a LMPD spokesperson, no arrests have been made and that detectives are protecting the second woman's identity because of the investigation.

A week after the shooting, the families of both victims gathered at LMPD's 2nd Division headquarters at 34th Street and Bohne Avenue, the location where detectives say the unidentified friend drove to after the shooting and where Fletcher later died from her injuries.

According to detectives, the shooting happened near the intersection of 32nd Street and Grand Avenue. Cynthia Fletcher, Stephanie's aunt, said the women were driving back from WalMart. Both families believe Fletcher was not the target.

"Whatever it was about, it shouldn't have happened," said Tresa Gibson, the unidentified woman's mother. "Two innocent people's lives are messed up for the rest of their lives."

"She (Stephanie) was caught in the middle," Fletcher said.

According to the unidentified woman's grandmother, Louise Gibson, the women grew up together.

"Stephanie was really like a grandchild of mine," Gibson said. "God loved beautiful things too and I believe that's why he took Stephanie, because she was such a beautiful, heart-warming person."

Gibson said her family does not have any animosity toward the shooter.
"We're praying for the person that caused this, will find themselves and turn their life over to Christ," Gibson said.

Fletcher said it is important to support each other. Stephanie Fletcher was buried on July 30.

"We know that justice will be served, at some point in time. So, we'll just rejoice when that time comes," Fletcher said.

Fletcher hopes her family sets an example for other families in a similar situation.

"You need to speak out. You need to be seen. What you're feeling needs to be expressed so that other people can see 'yes, I'm having those feelings too' and [there] are other things I can do," she said.

A reward is being offered in the shooting death of Stephanie Fletcher. Martin Goldsmith, a Louisville business owner, is offering a $5,000 for information leading to an arrest in Fletcher's case. Goldsmith said the Fletcher's are long-time customers.

If you have any information about this case, call 574-LMPD.

The family of the woman recovering at the hospital said she has five children. Her 2-year-old was inside the truck at the time of the shooting. The toddler was unharmed.

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