Family and friends gather to honor murdered teenager, unborn chi - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Family and friends gather to honor murdered teenager, unborn child

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A family is grieving after a pregnant 15-year-old was shot and killed while visiting a friend.

Family and friends gathered at Jenell Harris' house to remember her youngest child, Vianca, who was only 15 years old. Vianca, an 8th grade student at Grandview Heights Middle School, was shot and killed inside a Whitehaven apartment on Monday.

Purple balloons, Vianca's favorite color, were launched at the vigil to remember a life that was cut too shot.

"Don't nobody (sic) know how I'm feeling. I lost my baby sister," said Dasianie Lane.

She was four-to-five weeks pregnant and had plans of being a model and actress. 

"They took my baby from me," Vianca's mother Jenell Harris said. "It's hard for me to explain the feeling because I can't. I'm going to miss my baby."

Harris' sister, pregnant herself, was looking forward to celebrating the birth of her child with her sister.

"She didn't even get to see her nephew," Harris said.

Vianca's friends, who are also 15 years old, are struggling to deal with the loss of their friend in such a tragic way.

"Heartbreaking. I just couldn't believe it when I saw it. I just started breaking down," said Amaria Brown.

Terry Turner, the person charged with taking Vianca's life, has been in trouble with the law before. 

Turner has been arrested previously on driving charges and identity theft. Turner stood before a judge again on Tuesday morning.

Turner is transgender and goes by 'she'. According to court records, a witness told police Turner got a shot gun from the closet, racked the gun and shot the teenager behind her ear.

"Vianca and the person that killed her had words," said Jenell Harris.

Harris believes the witness is the father of her daughter's child. She said she does not know Turner or what the relationship was with the father of her daughter's child.

However, the same report also said Harris was playing with a gun, and when Turner tried to take the gun from her, it fired. 

Turner is sitting in jail facing two counts of murder.

"Somebody did this to her, killed her like that. It's like I'm in a big old dream," Lane said.

Harris' family said the victim and Turner only knew each other from the neighborhood where she hung out.

"They took my baby from me. And not only me, but her sisters, her brothers, aunt," said Jenell. "She my baby. She my angel."

Police have not released a motive in the shooting.

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