LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Friends and family of Betty Jay Pinkney met Monday night near the campus of Desert Pines High School to remember the 17-year-old student whose slaying remains a puzzle to police and relatives.
Pinkney was shot and killed while attending a house party on the east side of town. Her death is frustrating for police because no one has offered any useful information in the case, and there have been no arrests.
For many, the vigil tonight was an opportunity to say goodbye, but also another chance to plead with witnesses to come forward.
"The only way we can stop these senseless shootings is that you have to say something,” Joe Pinkey, Betty’s father, said to the crowd at the vigil.
Tears flowed freely as dozens gathered near desert pines high school to remember a daughter and friend who, everyone agreed, didn't deserve to die.
"Betty didn't do anything wrong to nobody, and it's just crazy how Betty's just gone," Said Betty’s friend Shyann Logan.
Police have yet to find the person who fired shots into a home where Betty Jean Pinkney and nearly a hundred other high-school students were partying. The 17-year-old died as result of her injuries.
One friend offered a vocal tribute to betty while others hugged and raised candles.
The sorrow and disbelief were accompanied tonight by cries for help, with the Pinkney family still hoping a witness who saw what happened will have the courage to come forward.
Police want to remind witnesses at that party that they can call crime stoppers anonymously at 385-5555.
In the meantime, a funeral has been set for Betty. It will take place this Saturday at noon at Central Baptist Church.