A 22-year-old woman died after a shooting Saturday night in New Orleans, police said, marking the first homicide in Orleans Parish in 2016.
Around 9 p.m. Saturday, police received a call that a woman had been shot in the 3700 block of Clio Street and taken to an area hospital by private conveyance with a gunshot wound to the body. She was pronounced dead at the hospital, the New Orleans Police Department said in a news release.
According to a WDSU report, the woman had recently graduated from Dillard University with a degree in biology. Family members told WDSU that the victim is Myeisha McDaniels.
McDaniels graduated from Dillard in 2015, according to Dillard's alumni news.
Nancy Dixon, McDaniels' former English professor at Dillard University, was one of the many people mourning the young woman's loss on Sunday morning, less than 24 hours after her shooting death.
In an interview with The New Orleans Advocate, Dixon described McDaniels as a wonderful student who always turned her work in on time, always came to class and earned an "A" in her class, English 200 Review of Writing Strategies.
"She was outstanding in every way," Dixon said. "She was always lovely, always kind to other students. She was in a good mood even when she wasn't in a good mood."
Dixon also described McDaniels as "deeply religious" and said she was a very good writer.
Police have not confirmed the identity of the victim. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death, NOPD said.
NOPD homicide detective Drew Deacon is in charge of the investigation and can be contacted at 504-658-5300. Anyone with information is also asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.