Nyla Foster: Woman, 21, shot dead after fighting over a man
Nyla Foster, 21, really liked the Atlanta area. So the 21-year-old moved there from Lakeland, Florida recently with a couple of friends. They were looking forward to life on their own.
Now Foster's two friends are remembering the time they had with her.
Foster was shot dead on October 22, 2016 after arguing with another woman in a parking lot in suburban Atlanta, according to law enforcement officers.
Police say Shontori Gooden allegedly pulled out a firearm and shot Foster as the two confronted each other over a man.
“I ended up breaking up their altercation and (thought) everything was fine,” friend Kelia Thomas told WSB-TV. Then, "I just heard Nyla screaming my name."
Lithia Springs police officers say Gooden is wanted for murder. She is 5 foot 5, about 160 pounds, has hazel eyes and numerous tattoos.
Thomas told local media that she had left the scene when she thought the fight was over, but then Foster was shot in the thigh. When she returned she picked the victim up and began heading for the hospital. They flagged down a deputy, who called paramedics.
“She always carried a smile. And she was an uplifting person,” friend Tashia Smith told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Thomas said the fight was over something simple and should have been resolved peacefully. Now her friend is dead.
“It’s horrible…I mean she was somebody who never got mad at anyone,” Thomas was quoted as saying.
As for Gooden, police appealed to the public to help them find her.
“She needs to come forward and face the consequences of her actions,” Douglas County Sheriff spokesman Sgt. Susan Sweat told WSB-TV.
“She has to pay for what she did and obviously it would make her family and her friends feel a lot better to see justice had been served,” Smith was quoted as saying.
A week later, Gooden was found in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was arrested November 1, according to the Charlotte Observer. It is not known why she came to Charlotte.
She waived extradition and was transported back to Douglas County. She was arraigned on Wednesday, where she was formally charged with felony murder.