15-year-old shot while sleeping was 'loving, bubbly teenager' - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

15-year-old shot while sleeping was 'loving, bubbly teenager'

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A 15-year-old girl was shot in the head while she was in her bed around 2 a.m. Friday. She was pronounced dead on the scene.

Several others were inside the home, located in the 4000 block of Cottonwood Road, when the shots were fired. The teen's 61-year-old uncle was also shot in the leg.

Police believe the shooting is either gang related and/or was done in retaliation. They also believe the house was the intended target; they are not sure whether the shooter intended to hit people inside.

Neighbors told MPD officers they heard at least 25 rounds of gunfire. One neighbor believes it was a drive-by shooting.

Those close to the teen's family say the victim is Cateria Stokes. They describe her as a loving, bubbly teenager who lost her life too soon.

"Oh, she was so sweet. She was so sweet. Just looking for an opportunity for somebody to listen and for somebody to love on her. And that, I absolutely did," said Patricia Page, who mentored Cateria Stokes.

Page mentioned that Stokes is not the only member of the family to lose her life to gang violence in the past few years.

"She did lose a brother to gang violence," Page explained.

A nearby neighbor says gang violence is not out of the ordinary in the area.

"I was in the bed and I heard a gunshot and I woke up last night," Charles Johnson said. "Didn't think nothing else about it and probably 10 or 15 minutes later, seen police and everything came out."

Neighbors and friends say more must be done to end the violence.

"We have to go into our neighborhoods and take our children back," Page said.

No suspect information has been released and no arrests have been made.

The 61-year-old man who was also shot was taken to Regional Medical Center and is in non-critical condition.

If you know anything about the crime, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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