Cierra Ford: 25-year-old Clark Atlanta student gunned down in her townhome
Cierra Ford wasn't perfect. The bright 25-year-old had made poor decisions in her young life, but she was making things right.
She had enrolled in Clark Atlanta University and was majoring in communications. Young. Smart. She had her whole life in front of her.
"Cierra was intelligent, charismatic, and she had vibrant sense of humor that resonated with her friends and family," her brother said on her GoFundMe page.
On November 25, 2016, police responded to a 911 call at the townhome that Ford rented in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Inside, police found her body as well as badly injured 21-year-old Tyrique Lobban. He was rushed to North Fulton Hospital in critical condition, according to CBS46.
"This incident came at a time when she was in the process of restoring her life," her brother said on her GoFundMe page. "After graduating from Berkeley High she tried to continue with her academic studies but had some challenges. She made some bad decisions that resulted in incarceration, however after her release she managed to re-enroll at Contra Costa Community College and commit to her studies. She then excelled academically earning A’s and B’s which allowed her to apply and receive multiple scholarships and acquire her AA Degree in Communication in the English Language & Critical Thinking. She then transferred to the historic Black college Clark Atlanta University to continue her studies in Communications."
Police still have released a motive for the shooting, but they have made three arrests.
Joseph Clarke, 24, Devin Kingdom, 22, and Malik Ortiz, 19 -- all from New York -- were arrested recently in Florida.
The three suspects were found in Brevard County, Florida by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force on December 6.