Community demands justice for teen shot dead at Phoenix house party
Scene of the shooting. (Source: Steve Aron, cbs5az.com)
Nora Osman was killed Saturday night.
The gunshots sent dozens of people running from the home. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Phoenix police have identified the 19-year-old victim of a deadly shooting that happened at a house party on the city's southwest side.
Nora Osman died as a result of the shooting Saturday night at 5800 South 53rd Glen, said Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump. Three others, an 18-year-old woman and two men, ages 21 and 22, were treated for wounds and released.
On Sunday night, dozens from the south Phoenix community marched to where Osman was killed to remember her life and demand justice.
"She was a great person," Osman's sister, Radwa Osman, said. "She didn't deserve to die."
Police say the shooting happened as a house party of more than 100 people was breaking up and some kind of altercation occurred. They said shots were fired from multiple directions.
"[The shooting and altercation] had nothing to do with her," Radwa Osman said. "She was at the wrong place at the wrong time."
All of the victims were shot outside of the house and the suspects were believed to have fled in a vehicle; however, there were numerous vehicles leaving at the time, Crump said. It also appears that shots might also have been fired from someone on foot, he added.
In 2010, the city of Phoenix created a Community Engagement and Outreach Team, whose task was to work with police to curb violent crimes specifically in south Phoenix, the same area Nora Osman was killed.
A member of that team, Shawn Pearson, said that group made significant changes but violent crimes like Saturday's shooting serves as a reminder that there's still progress to be made.
"[Teens] are doing these things out of ridiculous motives but they're doing them nonetheless," Pearson said. "We've got to give them something to hope for."
Investigators have not released any suspect or suspect vehicle descriptions at this point.
Nora Osman's mother told CBS5 News her daughter was in college and studying to become a pediatrician.
Deqa Osman is asking the community to help bring her daughter's killer to justice and for the violence to stop.
"I know whatever we do or whatever happens - it's not going to bring my kid back," she said. "But, I don't want it [violence] to happen no more."
The Osman family is asking for donations to help with funeral costs. If you would like to donate, stop by any Chase Bank and give to the Nora Osman fund. The account number is 763187648.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Phoenix Police Department or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS OR 480-TESTIGO.
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