The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 5:35 pm

Fourth woman killed on streets

Rebecca S. Green | The Journal Gazette

Twenty-year-old JoeDasia Hunter is Allen County’s 27th homicide in 2015. 

And she’s also the fourth woman shot to death on Fort Wayne city streets in the past six months, the second in a week.

On Friday, 16-year-old Anastasia LaShawn Butler, a student at South Side High School, was found shot to death in the 900 block of East Wayne Street. She was inside an SUV alongside Larry Devon Washington Jr., 21, who was also shot to death. About 12 hours earlier, Larry Washington’s younger brother, Brandon Washington, 20, was found shot to death in his home in the 5100 block of Plaza Drive.

In late August, 17-year-old Alonna Allison was shot to death in the 2500 block of Schaper Drive. The Concordia Lutheran High School student was at a bonfire in the area when violence broke out between two rival groups.

A few days earlier, Fashionee Moore, 25, was shot to death at an after-hours night club in the 3000 block of Maumee Avenue.

Their deaths have been indicative of a recent uptick in gun violence in recent weeks, which has seen a number of serious- and critical-injury shootings, including four homicides since Thursday.

But it was the deaths of these women that seemed to make a mark on social media, with Facebook posts imploring a stop to the violence, particularly toward innocent victims.

One post, which was shared about 30 times Monday afternoon, said it was bad enough that men were dying, but now women were losing their lives. In later posts, the poster decries the lack of care when shooting, calling out those who fire guns with women and children in the area.

Another post, by a woman, says the lesson now is that "anyone can be touched."

"All of a sudden young innocent ladies are being killed and it came about as a trend," the woman wrote. "Stay prayed up. It’s crazy out here."

Hunter died late Sunday from at least one gunshot wound, according to a release from the Allen County Coroner’s Office.

Her body was found by police in an alley behind the 300 block of Esmond Street. They had responded to the area after the report of shots fired in the 3000 block of South Lafayette Street.

No arrests have been made in connection with the deaths of any of the women, and police continue to ask for the public’s help.

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