Police identify 19-year-old killed in Galax shooting

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GALAX, Va. (WDBJ7) - UPDATE: Galax Police confirm to WDBJ7 that Kayla Crigger, 19, of Galax, died following a shooting Monday, December 23.

Photo courtesy of Dena Hawks

Kayla's mother, Dena Hawks spoke with WDBJ7 and says there's nothing you can ever do to prepare to bury your child.

Hawks had just heard from Kayla that morning around 5:30.

Around 6:30, Galax Police responded to a shooting call on Partridge Street; that's when they found 19-year-old Kayla Crigger dead from a gunshot wound.

"She was running with a bad crowd, and she just got involved with the wrong people; I don't think she did this to herself by no means," Hawks said.

That morning, police questioned two men at the home where the shooting happened; The house was known to neighbors to have a lot of people coming and going.

No one has been taken into custody; Hawks said she wants closure for herself, and for her little girl.

"I hope that they at least talk to everyone that was involved before they make any kind of decision about what happened because if they don't, that's just not right. I am dying to know about everything," said Hawks.

Since the shooting, family members have made a donation page on Facebook to help with funeral costs.

"I don't have the money to cover it, I don't have it, and I appreciate everything that has been done with that situation because it is very expensive just to cremate her," said Hawks.

While Hawks is planning her funeral, she said there are a lot of things she will miss about her daughter.

"She was always joking, she was always smiling, just laughing at everything, even a serious situation, she would just laugh."

Police say they are waiting for a gun residue report to come back before they can determine anything further.

The investigation into the case is ongoing.

ORIGINAL STORY: Galax Police, responding to a report of a shooting, found one person dead Monday morning.

The report at a home on Partridge Street was called in about 6:30 a.m. The name of the victim has not been released.

Galax Police Chief DeWitt Cooper said what he can confirm is the victim is a female between the ages of 18 and 21.

Two people are being questioned; police haven't released information about their relationship to the victim or the possible circumstances of the incident.

Heather Harriman, who lives up the street from the house in question, saw one man walking up the road and get put into a police car early Monday morning. She said this is a rare occurrence in the neighborhood.

"When we moved up here, it was actually like moving to the country because we haven't seen any kind of conflict, cops, anything like that until this morning," Harriman said.

Police and a medical examiner are investigating.

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