King’s Fork senior dead in shooting

Published 10:01 pm Saturday, November 16, 2013

Family friends said the young woman killed in a shooting early Saturday was a good person and wanted to be a doctor.

Denishe-Ya King, 18, would have graduated from King’s Fork High School in June, they said. But her life was cut short around 2:27 a.m. Saturday, when police say a fight broke out at a party in the 400 block of St. James Avenue.

King was at home with friend Sherrie Cobb right before she went to the party, Cobb said.

Email newsletter signup

“We were laughing and joking,” she said. “She was a good girl. She wanted to be a doctor. That’s all she talked about.”

Friend Rachel Knight, 15, who is a freshman at King’s Fork High School, said she rode the bus with King.

“She was a good friend, outspoken, outgoing,” Knight said. “She wasn’t a bad person or anything. School isn’t going to be the same.”

Police and paramedics responded to calls reporting a fight in progress and shots fired, according to a press release from city spokeswoman Diana Klink.

The preliminary investigation indicates several individuals were at the party when a disagreement ensued, the altercation became physical, and it spilled out into the street, according to the release.

After shots were fired, the parties involved ran from the scene, according to the release.

Cobb pleaded for anybody who knows anything about the shooting to share it with police.

“If anybody has information, please come forward, because it’s not fair,” she said. “I’m really in disbelief. People can’t go out and enjoy themselves anymore without getting shot. It’s just a lot of nonsense.”

Anyone who has information is asked to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Callers to Crime Line never have to give their names or appear in court, and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.