'Heartbroken' family of 19-year-old woman killed in quintuple South Austin shooting seeks justice

West Side community holds peace rally following violent weekend

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024
Family of young woman killed in quintuple shooting seeks justice
The family of Arianna Murphy, killed in a South Austin shooting in Chicago on Easter Sunday, said she was set to start nursing school this summer.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Arianna Murphy's family said the 19-year-old was set to start nursing school this summer after graduating at the top of her class.

And that future was taken from her Easter Sunday as she was enjoying a night out with her friends.

"When I tell her I love her at the end of a conversation, she tell me, 'I love you more, Daddy.' I'm going to miss hearing those words," said Henry Hunt, Arianna's father.

Arianna's family spoke for the first time since she was killed Easter Sunday in a South Austin shooting.

"Just an innocent bystander, wrong place, wrong time. And they took my baby from us," Henry said.

The 19-year-old hairstylist was getting ready to embark on a new career to become a nurse.

"We're so heartbroken, we don't even know. We still don't understand what's going on. It's terrible. It's really hard for us," said Seclandra Cummings, Arianna's great aunt.

Her family remembers her vibrant energy and signature smile.

They took my baby from us
Henry Hunt

"She was always laughing and smiling every chance she gets," said Iyana Hunt, Arianna's sister

"Arianna was a very outgoing person, very smart and loving person," said Xavier Little, Arianna's cousin.

Arianna's family said she was out friends in South Austin along West Madison when, police said, someone shot towards the group. Arianna was shot in the head and died on the scene. The four other victims were injured.

"And it's so sad. It's sad. It's a tragic thing that she had to leave the way she did," Seclandra said.

On Tuesday, 37th Ward Alderwoman Emma Mitts, with Chicago police, community and faith leaders, gathered where Arianna die to bring the neighborhood together, call for peace in light of the recent weekend violence and to find solutions to prevent any more tragic losses.

"It could have been us. It could have been one of our family members and we would need the same support," Mitts said.

"We can't do it alone, so when we have everyone here working together, hopefully, it will come with a solution," said CPD Deputy Chief Adnardo Gutierrez.

Arianna's father hopes this gathering will help bring his daughter justice and stop the violence plaguing the city, he says, before it gets worse.

"I'm glad that the word is getting out that it's just not another death that's gone unnoticed, you know? And maybe, this can wake the community up," Henry said.

Police said they are still investigating Arianna's murder and so far, no one is in custody

CPD and Arianna's family are asking anyone with any information to please contact investigators.

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