Sadeya Hall: 16-year-old shot dead through a basement in Minnesota home
Sadeya Hall was a vibrant teenager who loved life and touched all who knew her. She really was a special child. Family members described her to media as "loving and gentle," "goofy," a "good girl."
Sadeya was a fun-loving teenager, but she was dealing with immense grief inside, relatives told the news media. Sadeya lost her little brother four years ago, a loss she never really got over.
“From there on, life was just different,” neighbor Sherrell Villebrun told the St. Paul Star Tribune newspaper. The teen “looked after her brother like nobody’s business. She may have faltered slightly dealing with grief and being in the inner city, but she wasn’t a bad girl.”
So police are trying to find out why she was shot to death inside a friend's home on Wednesday night, February 1, 2017. According to media outlets, a gunman shot into the house in the 500 block of Case Avenue E. in St. Paul. Sadeya was killed, two other teenagers were injured.
“It’s really tragic because she was an innocent person and her life is gone,” a cousin of Sadeya's told the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.
Sadeya's friends believe that she was not the intended target: “She was definitely not the target, and it truly breaks my heart that her time was cut short," Selena Wade was quoted as saying.
A statement from Sadeya's mother, April Combs, said that her mother did all she could for her child.
“Sadeya was fun, outgoing, free-spirited, loved volleyball. She loved the mess out of her little cousin Natavia. She used to always play in the pots and pan cabinets as a baby making lots of noise. She had a lot of friends and loved getting together with her family.
“Her mother tried as much as she can to raise a young woman and wish she had more time. April Combs lost both her children unexpectedly. So we just want to make sure Ms. Combs has the support she needs to be able to live with this.”
A GoFundMe account says: "We are trying to raise money for her funeral. Anything counts." About $4,100 has been raised out of a $10,000 goal.