“I would be lying if I told you it hasn’t been hard because it has,” Natasha Merrell said.
Life is precious, we should cherish every moment, because you can’t see the future. For Natasha Merrell and her family, last weekend was supposed to be a celebration. Merrell, a star basketball player at Woodrow Wilson High School, was inducted into the Woodrow Hall of Fame. After the ceremony, her niece, Chante Shivers, went out with friends.
“We get a knock on the door at about four o’clock in the morning saying that she had been shot,” Merrell said.
Chante Shivers was hit by gunfire last Saturday as she walked out of Wildfire Saloon in Uptown Beckley. With heavy hearts, it’s not the only loss the family faced.
“The last three years, buried her brother first, a year later her father, and now we have to bury her,” Merrell said.
Friends and family say Shivers was full of life, she lit up a room. Her light may not shine anymore, but the family is one step closer to justice. Charmaine Kent, one of the suspects in the shooting, was taken into custody Thursday night in Columbus, Ohio. The second suspect, Christopher Jones, is still on the loose. Now Merrell and family ask those with information on the murder to step forward.
“A lot of information came in as far as tips to try to help identify these people who and I appreciate that, our family really appreciates that,” she said.
To honor Chante Shivers, a candlelight vigil will be held outside of Wildfire Saloon at seven on February 7th, 2016.