Parents fear reality of burying daughter with no arrests
The mother and father of a 17-year-old killed at a weekend house party are directing sharp words toward her killer.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - The mother and father of a 17-year-old killed at a weekend house party are directing sharp words toward her killer.
Desert Pines senior Betty Pinkney was among the teens trapped inside a home on Tattersall Place early Sunday morning.
An enraged gunman stood outside the home, near Lamb and Alexander, firing repeatedly through the walls of the home. Some neighbors report hearing more than a dozen shots.
One flew upward into an upstairs bedroom, hitting a teen girl who was sleeping. Another bullet ripped through a downstairs wall, entering Pinkney's side.
Charolyn and Joseph Pinkney fear they will have to bury their daughter, knowing the shooter is still out there.
"I hope they catch you. When they do, I hope you pay for what you've done to my child," said Charolyn Pinkney.
Betty Pinkney was rushed to the hospital, but there was nothing doctors could do. The second victim was admitted to UMC with critical injuries.
Pinkey's parents say she was a passionate basketball player, kept up her grades and had dreams of becoming a firefighter.
"If you know anything, it's best you say something now before you are a victim," pleaded her father, Joseph Pinkney. "He's a loose cannon. He's a wild man. He's a rabid dog, and he needs to be put down."
Joseph Pinkney was at work when he found out his daughter was attending the weekend house party. He said she left him a voicemail message, telling him she'd be there.
He says the party was chaperoned, and a DJ was attendance.
"You have someone come in and shoot unarmed people. He's a coward," added Joseph Pinkey.
According to Pinkney's mother and father, the party was advertised on Facebook. They've been told that the prime suspect was older than the teens who were there.
They were also told that the gunman was turned away from the party and snapped.
"[My daughter was] a happy girl. She didn't deserve this. We as a family didn't deserve this," said Charolyn Pinkney.
Detectives believe Pinkney and the other victim were not the intended targets.
Funeral arrangements for the 17-year-old have not been finalized.
Police have not given any suspect descriptions or specified how many suspects are being sought.
Anyone with any information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555. You can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.