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Family of Shooting Victim Looking for Answers

Nearly a week after a deadly drive-by shooting, one Savannah family is still waiting for answers and hopes you can help them. Someone shot and killed Shante Cooper, 27, last Friday night, but that someone is still at large. We spoke with Shante's family today as they remember the mother of three.

"They announced her dead at 9:21 Saturday morning," said Elaine Scott, the victim's aunt.

Shante's family still can't believe their favorite cousin is gone. Police were called to the corner of 38th and Harden Streets last Friday night, where they found Shante lying on the street. Someone had shot her in the head.

Police say she was the victim of a drive-by shooting, perhaps at the wrong place at the wrong time. Or was she the intended target? Relatives say police have told them it was an accident. Police say they're still investigating.

"I thought, who shot her and why?" said Elaine. "I'm devastated, really, cause I can't imagine who would shoot my niece."

Her family says it was a senseless death that left three children without a mother. "I have a tendency to break down and get cold chills because my niece is gone and her life was taken," said Elaine.

A life taken too soon. "It's like a bad nightmare," according to cousin Sheba Smalls.

Shante's family has made up T-shirts in her memory, "her smile, her jokes, her outgoing personality," said Sheba.

They are holding a vigil tonight to remember the woman with the big smile. But they are also sending a message to her killer. "They've taken a very sweet and dear person from us and we will not rest until they're apprehended," said Sheba.

The vigil will be held tonight at 7pm at the corner of 38th and Harden Streets.

Anyone with any information on this shooting is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 234.2020.

Reported by: Hena Daniels,

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