Vigil for woman killed outside W Phila. apartment

WEST PHILADELPHIA - November 19, 2012

Investigators are hoping witnesses will come forward. Monday, detectives returned to the scene of the shooting trying to find more witnesses.

Sunday night, friends and family gathered in the Powelton section of the city – not far from where the young woman was gunned down. Candles and stuffed animals were laid out as people prayed for her and remembered her.

Zykia was shot and killed early Saturday morning. She and her friends were on their way home from a party around 2:00 a.m. when someone opened fire from the courtyard of the West Park Apartments, located on the 4400 of Holden Street.

Police say a 4-door sedan pulled into the housing complex and 2 passengers in the back seat started shooting into the crowd of partygoers.

"We believe they knew who they were shooting at," Capt. James Clark of the Philadelphia Police Department told reporters Monday. "Unfortunately Zykia, as she was running away, got hit with a stray and got shot in the back."

She was pronounced dead a short time later.

The victim's grandmother, Barbara Sanders, lives just two buildings away from where the shooting took place, and actually heard the gunshots.

Sanders choked back tears, telling Action News, "That is my baby. And I am so hurt. I am so hurt. I'll be glad when they catch them."

So far, there is no word on if there is any surveillance footage that could help in this case.

Anyone with information pertaining to the identity of the shooter is urged to contact police. Philadelphia is offering a reward of $20,000 for the arrest and conviction of the shooters - something the city does for all homicides in the city.

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