TULSA - Seventeen-year-old Kayla Ferrante had just graduated high school when her life was cut short.
Ferrante, a graduate of Memorial High School, was killed May 26, just one day after her commencement, in a bizarre shooting not far from her home.
Police say Ferrante was the passenger in a car near 15th Street and 129th Avenue when a bullet, possibly fired from a rifle, entered the car through the license plate, hitting her in the back. The gunshot passed through Ferrante's chest before exiting her body through the front windshield.
Ferrante's boyfriend, who was driving at the time of the shooting, didn't know she had been shot. He stopped the car less than a block from her east Tulsa home when he realized she was injured.
Ferrante died at the hospital.
Police do not believe the shooting was an accident but they say it could have been a case of mistaken identity.
Ferrante's family is now seeking donations to fund a special reward for information.
Donors can make checks payable to the Crime Commission. In the memo, designate the donation to the Kayla Ferrante reward. Donations can be mailed to 2121 S. Columbia, LL8, Tulsa, OK 74114.
If an arrest is made without the use of Crime Stoppers, the reward will be donated in Ferrante's name to the Memorial High School Special Needs fund, a cause for which Ferrante cared deeply.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS or the homicide hotline at 918-798-8477.
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