A teenage girl who was dancing in a parking-lot after her prom has died after she was shot in the head.
18-year-old Morgan Dunston from Pennsylvania was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Dunston, who attended was McKeesport Area High School, had just left the prom and was dancing with her friends in a parking lot when a bullet randomly struck her head.
Two of her friends tried to rush her to the hospital after the drive-by shooting, but she died shortly after arriving.
Dunston’s mother, Angie Krimm told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Someone came up from behind and started shooting and my baby got shot
Dunston’s twin sister, Jordyn, who’s preparing to attend Slippery Rock University in just a few months, says
she’s struggling to comprehend the loss of her sister’s life.
Krimm added on:
‘She feels like, “If I go on and live my life, I am leaving my sister behind, and I said, “Jordyn, you have to do it for her. Because that’s what she would want you to do.”
Dunston was set to study cosmetology at a specialist school in the summer prior to her death.
Dunston died days before graduation. Her mother will be accepting her diploma on her behalf on Thursday.
She wasn’t in a gang, she wasn’t with the wrong crowd. She was in the wrong place at the wrong time, trying to enjoy life. It’s a dream, it’s a dream that I’m still not awake from. I don’t know how you’re supposed to bury your kid.’
Dunston was outside Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community Church when she was shot. An unknown gunman in a car pulled up, and commenced shooting, shattering several windows.
Jeff Eddings, the church’s pastor, says he doesn’t believe the church was the shooter’s target.
My heart is really just concerned with the victim and what happened with whoever was here
Dunston’s mother, Angie Krimm had a very similar death occur in 1998, where she lost her little sister Kimmie Krimm. Kimmoe was found dead on a McKeesport hillside, and 21 years later her death remains a mistery.
Angie Krimm’s mother, Jeanie Krimm asked the shooter to come forward so that the family wouldn’t spend another 2 decades without answers to a death in their family again:
‘Everything that Angie is saying right now, I said 21 years again. I always said that we belonged to this club that nobody should belong to, and that’s the mothers who have to bury their children. I just don’t understand, you know? Families can go a lifetime without losing anybody that they love to murder, and then for us to have to do this twice. Please come let us forward. Don’t go 20 years again without knowing.
The family created a GoFundMe to help cover the cost of Dunston’s funeral
A family friend, Beth LaRotonda wrote on the page, on behalf of the family:
Our beautiful Morgan Dunston was taken from us early morning today while leaving a dance, by a senseless drive by shooting, leaving a family devastated,’ Beth LaRotonda said on the page, on behalf of the family. Her mother, brother and sisters (one of which is her twin) are beyond grief stricken. I would like to raise funds to help defray funeral costs and also help the family until her mom is able to cope with life again and return to work. Morgan was set to graduate from Mckeesport High School next week and had a bright future ahead of her.