Police have no suspect yet in the violent death of a 23-year-old lesbian found shot in the trunk of her car in Washington, D.C.
On December 28, authorities responding to a call near Fort Dupont Park discovered a Lexus on fire. After it was extinguished, Kerrice Lewis was found tied up unconscious in the trunk, suffering from several gunshot wounds. By the time emergency services arrived, though, the 23-year-old had “no signs consistent with life.”
Neighbors reported hearing multiple shots, as well as Lewis screaming as she attempted to flee the car.
Lewis lost parents when she was just 11: Her mother to a brain aneurysm in 2005, her father a fatal shooting in front of his house a year later. She worked on construction sites and had an arrest record that included convictions for burglary and gun possession.
“She made a few bad mistakes,” Lewis’ granddaughter, William Sharp, told The Washington Post. “She was free-spirited and a lot of fun… She would light up a room, just talking and laughing.”
Sharp added that his granddaughter was working to improve herself when she died: “[She] was very excited because she had just finished taking some classes and was looking forward to taking some more.”
Lewis was still close with her ex-girlfriend, Mercedes Rouhlac, who told WJLA they spoke every day. “No matter what, she still loved me and my son,” Rouhlac added.
According to Sharp, two of his granddaughter’s friends—Ronzay Green, 23, and Armani Nico Coles, 27—were also shot to death the same day she was killed. Police have not indicated whether they believe the three incidents are connected, though an arrest has been made in conjunction with Green’s murder.