Tulsa teen shot, killed over weekend identified as Memorial High School graduate, family speaks

TULSA - Police have released the identity of a Tulsa teenager who was killed over the weekend in a bizarre shooting.

Seventeen-year-old Kayla Ferrante was shot one night after her graduation from Memorial High School.

Police say Ferrante was the passenger in a car late Saturday night 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, driving at the time of the shooting, didn't realize Ferrante had been shot. He stopped the car less than a block from her east Tulsa home when he realized she was injured. She died at the hospital.

"He hears pop, pop, pop and doesn't assume or doesn't register right away that she is shot," said Sgt.David Walker with the Tulsa Police Homicide Unit.

Ferrante's family told 2News six high-powered rifle shots were fired in the direction of the car. Ferrante had been at her family graduation party earlier in the afternoon and was on her way home from a friend's house when she was shot, the family says.

"We cannot understand who would do this or why and desperately want anyone with information to do the right thing and come forward," they wrote in an email. "She wasn't in a place she shouldn't have been, she was just a girl coming home before curfew."

Police are ruling out the possibility of an accident.

"Someone intended to shoot that car, we just don't know the reason why," said Walker.

They are looking at a lot of different possibilities, such as a case of mistaken identity, road rage, or even the possibiliy of Kayla's boyfriend or Kayla herself was a target.

"Any possibility as to why is still on the table," said Walker.

A small memorial grew over the weekend on the corner of Ferrante's street. John Wieland, a neighbor of the family, lost his 17-year-old son 30 years ago. 

"Some of it is flashing back with this situation, because I know how they feel," he said. "If we could get the majority of the neighborhood together, I'd like to stack that whole corner with flowers, just so we can all show our feelings," said Wieland.

 

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS or the homicide hotline at 918-798-8477. A cash reward is being offered.

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