Heaven Washington : “15-year-old girl killed in shooting during gunfire exchange between vehicles”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene of a fatal shooting on the morning of November 17th. The incident occurred near the intersection of Turner Road and Philadelphia Drive, where individuals in two vehicles were engaged in a shootout.

Tragically, 15-year-old Heaven Washington, a passenger in a 2010 white Chevrolet Impala, was struck by gunfire. The driver of the vehicle rushed her to Miami Valley Hospital, but she was pronounced dead upon arrival. Authorities believe that Washington was an innocent bystander and not the intended target of the shooting.

Sheriff Rob Streck expressed his condolences, stating, “This heartbreaking incident serves as a stark reminder of how an ongoing street grudge can escalate to a fatal encounter, tragically taking the life of an innocent little girl on her way to school for a field trip. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Heaven Washington during this difficult time.”

Investigators were able to identify the second vehicle involved in the shooting as a Toyota RAV-4 with Maryland registration. Although the SUV fled the scene, detectives in unmarked patrol vehicles later spotted it near the Englewood Meijer store. A high-speed pursuit ensued.

According to court records, during the chase, the RAV-4 ran a red light at approximately 70 mph, narrowly avoiding collisions with other vehicles. The pursuit continued on Interstate 70 West, passing through New Lebanon and Farmersville. Eventually, detectives discovered the abandoned vehicle on Havermale Road.

The driver of the RAV-4, identified as Moreland, was captured on video surveillance footage. The vehicle was reportedly rented under the name of Moreland’s sister, Denisha Tenae Taylor, who was also a passenger during the chase. Taylor surrendered herself to authorities and provided information to the detectives. However, as of Friday, she has not been charged in connection with the chase or the shooting.

Moreland turned himself in on December 5th and was initially booked into jail. However, he has since been released on a $50,000 bond. The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office is currently reviewing potential charges of murder, complicity to commit murder, and tampering with evidence in relation to the shooting.

The sheriff’s office is urging anyone with information regarding the incident to come forward and contact them at 937-225-4665.

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