Allyssa Banks: 18-year-old who ran for SGA president shot dead outside mother's home
Eighteen-year-old Allyssa Banks of Upper Marlboro, Maryland had a head on her shoulders. The recent community college student was a business-minded teen who even ran for SGA president at Largo High School in Maryland.
Police said Banks was fatally shot early Wednesday, October 18, 2016 in a car parked across the street from where she lived with her mother. First responders said that Banks and another man were suffering from gunshot wounds when they arrived on the scene moments after the 2:15 a.m. shooting. The male victim is expected to survive; Banks died later at the hospital.
"I heard four shots," a neighbor told News4's Megan McGrath. "I heard lots of screaming. I was too scared to look out of the window."
Family and friends described Banks as quiet, but also sweet and kind.
"I think she ran for SGA president to let people know that you don't have to be very loud and outgoing to take control and help out," friend Dyonna Nelson, told Fox 5 DC. "She just wanted to be a big help."
Nelson told the TV station: "Whoever did it, they don't know how much of a great person she was to have around and they don't know how she affected many people's lives in Largo and her family and just anywhere she went."
Friends of Banks said that she had big dreams of entering the medical field a making a difference in people's lives.
"She wanted to be a psychologist to help people," friend Gloria Poole told News4. "I just called her my sidekick because we were always singing together," she said. "She was just a nice person."
Anyone with information about the double shooting is urged to call police at 301-772-4925.