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Vigil held for young woman killed in street robbery

LAS VEGAS -- A community came together Wednesday night in a vigil to mourn the loss of their neighbor, loved one and friend.

Twenty-two year old, Laura Ashley McKinney of Las Vegas was shot and killed in an armed robbery shortly before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at Simmons Street near Vegas Drive and North Rancho Drive.

Laura Flaggs, McKinney's mother said she would have normally driven her daughter home from work, but she said McKinney told her that she and her friend were walking home together after work.

“I'm thinking it would be right around the corner, so they would be okay,” Flaggs said.

But according to police, McKinney and that friend were walking on the road when three men approached them. One of the men was armed with a handgun, police said. They demanded McKinney's belongings, and at some point during the robbery, the suspect fired one round which hit her.

Officers found McKinney lying in the street.

“I can't imagine how this could have happened to her; she was so beautiful, this was my baby,” said Flaggs.

McKinney was transported to University Medical Center where she died a short time later.

“These kinds of things cannot continue to go on. She was a hard working young lady minding her own business,” a pastor at the vigil said.

“Last night was honestly the hardest thing I ever dealt with in my life,” said McKinney's roommate.

At the vigil where family and friends, including staff from Rancho High School along with McKinney's co-workers remembered her, they also pleaded for the public's help in finding McKinney's killer.

“We don't want this to happen again to anybody's child,” Adrian Flaggs said.

McKinney's father wanted to show his gratitude to everyone who came out by reaching out and touching each and every one of them.

“Please don't leave before I touch you, please,” Gerald Flaggs said. In some way, my daughter touched them, so I wanted to touch some of the people that she touched,” he said.


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