Arrest made in fatal shooting of Betty "Jay" Pinkney
Stacey Gualandi & Katie Crowther
A family devastated by a fatal gunshot may finally get some closure. Police have made an arrest in a shooting at a party that claimed the life of a teenager.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A family devastated by a fatal gunshot may finally get some closure. Police have made an arrest in a shooting at a party that claimed the life of a teenager.
Sixteen months ago to the day that Betty Pinkney's life ended so quickly, her father Joseph woke up to the welcome news that a man had been charged with 12 counts in her death.
He said he never lost faith and knew it would only be a matter of time, "I feel peace with it now. I can't bring her back, never bring her back, but I do have some relief."
20-year-old Demetrius Black was charged Wednesday morning for murder and attempted murder. He was already in custody facing armed robbery charges.
Las Vegas police were able to tie a weapon owned by Black to Pinkney's death.
Joseph Pinkney honors his daughter's memory with a wall of photos at his home. He said Betty was a talented 17-year-old high school basketball player when she was innocently gunned down at a house party last year.
Joseph said if Betty were alive today, she'd be a firefighter, which was her lifelong dream. But he is grateful for the witnesses and anonymous tips that helped lead police to the alleged killer.
"This guy has been caught and is off the street and that's a good thing," said Joseph.
Joseph said he was going to go to Desert Pines High School on Wednesday, where Betty was a senior, and celebrate the good news with her principal and teachers.