East Lake neighbors, family mourn murder of young mother
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Chattanooga Police are searching for the trigger man in the city's latest murder. Police say 21 year old Kenyeta Tramble was shot on East 25th Street in East Lake Courts. She was taken to the hospital where she died.
The shooting happened just before 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Kenyeta Tramble's apartment. Chattanooga Police are asking for any tips to help find her killer as the community rallies around her family.
"I'm just going to miss her so much," Kenyeta Tramble's cousin Deadra Strickland said.
Sunday the shaken family of 21 year old Kenyeta Tramble was surrounded by community members lifting them up in prayer at the scene of the shooting that took her life Saturday night.
"It was not a random shooting. The suspect had targeted the address where she was shot at. We're not exactly sure if she was the initial intended victim," Chattanooga Police Officer Nathan Hartwig said.
"The person who did this knew her, but it's just so random. She don't ever get into with nobody. She don't bother nobody. She's always smiling, a happy person," Strickland said.
Her family describes Kenyeta as a loving mom of a one-year-old boy, with a bubbly personality.
"She don't do drugs, don't drink, don't even smoke cigarettes, don't do anything," Strickland said.
They say they have no idea who would want her dead.
"Our suspect is a black male, unknown age, anywhere from 18-30 years old, average build, he was wearing a bandana and he was last seen running east away from the crime scene," Officer Hartwig said.
Neighbors say it's scary to know the killer is on the run.
"I just hope he gets caught for what he did to her," neighbor Allissa Sullivan said.
She, along with Kenyeta's family, says that the violence in the East Lake area seems to be getting worse.
"This is the worst place in the world for somebody to live and the precinct is right there. Now how can this happen and they don't see nothing? How?" the victim's grandmother Alma Tramble said.
Police are asking for anyone with information on the suspect to call the department to help bring justice to Kenyeta Tramble's family who says she was taken way too soon.
"She never called me without saying, grandma, I love you. I'm going to miss that and her bubbly way. I'm going to miss her so much," Alma Tramble said.
Chattanooga Police do not believe this shooting was gang related.
Again, the suspect is a black man, average build, with a bandana on his face, last seen running east from the scene on the 2200 block of East 25th street around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night. If you saw anything, call CPD.
There are surveillance cameras posted in that area. CPD says it's working with the Chattanooga Housing Authority to see if any cameras captured the suspect.