Carolina Monsanto: 16-Year-Old Dies In Pennsylvania Triple Shooting
Carolina Monsanto was a regular high school student in Pennsylvania, who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
She was with two of her friends at the home of an acquaintance when a man came home and confronted one of the trio, who was his girlfriend.
Authorities say the suspect, Antwan Washington, opened fire on all three of them, fatally striking Carolina in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.
WPVI TV spoke with her father who says he can't fathom that his daughter is no more.
He says, "I still can't believe it. I can't comprehend what happened. She didn't have a mean bone in her body. It just makes no sense," said Ambiorix Monsanto.
According to a criminal complaint, Washington entered the home and went straight to an upstairs bedroom, where he retrieved a firearm. He then came back downstairs blasting.
The suspect's girlfriend and the 19-year-old man were injured in the shooting, which police are calling a domestic dispute.
As for Washington, he was briefly a fugitive but turned himself in to authorities and has been charged with homicide, two counts of attempted homicide and two counts of aggravated assault.
He was arraigned by District Judge Ronald Manescu and remains in the Lehigh County Jail without bail.
Monsanto's cousin told the TV station he is still imagining that Carolina will appear at the family's home.
"It's really just shocking, kind of just like a dream," Jessy Severino was quoted as saying. "Like I woke up this morning and said this can't be possible. This isn't something that's really happening."
"She got good grades, she worked two jobs," her father was quoted as saying. "She never caused problems with anyone and now she's gone."
The victim's cousin also launched an online fundraiser to pay for her funeral. This is what it says:
My cousin Carolina Monsanto was a victim of a shooting that occurred in Allentown, Pennsylvania on July 31, 2018. Carolina was a young beautiful soul with a vibrant personality. She was loved by so many people. She was an ambitious young lady with plans of being a nurse some day and helping others. All funds are going to Carolina’s family for funeral expenses.
A celebration of life service to honor Monsanto is planned from 2 to 5 p.m. August 19.