Candlelight memorial held for Deshayla Harris Friday night at Oceanfront

Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The family of Deshayla Harris, a woman killed by gunfire March 26 at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, held a candlelight memorial for her Friday night.

The event was held at 7 p.m. Friday night at the corner of 19th Street and Atlantic Avenue, near where Harris was shot. Family and friends stood shoulder-to-shoulder during the memorial.

Attendees brought pink and white balloons and candles.

The family is searching for answers about what happened to their loved one.

“Even if it was a mistake, everybody makes mistakes. Just speak up, things happen. I lost something that someone could never give me back,” said Blisheba Harris, Deshayla’s mother.

Harris, a reality TV star on “The Bad Girls Club,” died after being struck by gunfire in the 300 block of 19th Street, police said.

Police believe Harris was a bystander.

Harris was walking down the street when she was shot. Investigators say a police officer tried to save her life before she died.

Investigators say it was one of three separate shooting incidents that night. So far several men have been arrested in connection to the other incidents, Police Chief Paul Neudigate said no arrests have been made for Harris’ death.

Another involved a Virginia Beach police officer fatally shooting 25-year-old Donovon W. Lynch, of Virginia Beach. Nine other people were injured.

There is a verified GoFundMe to raise money for end-of-life expenses for Harris.

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