Police in Lake Stevens are looking for a gunman who shot and killed a Seattle girl as she walked with several of her friends late Saturday.
Molly Conley, 15, was a freshman at Bishop Blanchet High. Friends and family say the soccer and lacrosse player an “angel.”
On Saturday night, Conley and five of her friends were in Lake Stevens to celebrate her birthday. At around 11:30 p.m., they started walking down S. Lake Stevens Rd.
Authorities say someone in dark SUV shot Conley in the neck. She died at the scene.
Randy Chamberlin lives nearby.
"Really sad, 15 years old, too short,” he said. "Hadn't even started her life yet."
The President of Bishop Blanchet High School, Antonio DeSapio, sent a message to families and the media on Sunday, saying the "beloved ninth grader" was the victim of a "terrible act of random violence."
He said Counseling staff, Christian Ministry staff, faculty, and administration will be available for students.
"We encourage parents to send your students to school to be in the presence of trained professionals and in the midst of a loving community," DeSapio said.
A special prayer service open to all members of the community was planned at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of Fatima Church at 3218 W Barrett St. in Seattle.
Investigators say there have been other drive-by shootings in the area, but it's not clear if they're connected.
The Lake Stevens Police Department is working with the Snohomish County Major Crimes Unit and the Marysville Police Department on this incident. If you have any information you are asked to contact the Lake Stevens Police Tip Line at (425) 377-3214 or the Snohomish County Major Crimes Unit at 425 388-3845.