A 16-year-old Texas American was reportedly killed on Monday October 26th in a shootout that police said was involved in "social media beef".
Houston police officers responded to a shooting and found teenage Mareja Pratt dead on the spot. Two other adult victims, Dekambrie Pratt, 20 and Anthony Thornabar, 32, were taken to hospital and are expected to survive, according to HPD.
While police have not yet identified the teenage victim, Mareja Pratt's family confirmed the tragic news with ABC 13.
"This seems to be ongoing social media beef with our three victims who came to this place to engage the people," Houston Police Department commander David Angelo said, according to the news channel.
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Kira Walton, Pratt's cousin, told ABC 13 that another girl "kept picking on her on Instagram and sending people pictures saying she was a prostitute," and that the other girl "had played around with her to the point that my cousin had wept about it. "
"I feel like my whole soul has been torn out," added Walton. "It's hard for my family. So hard."
A GoFundMe campaign was launched to help cover Pratt's funeral expenses.
"My little sister was only 16, she had so much life!" he wrote in the description of the campaign. "She was in her books and focused on school. Everyone loved her, she always had a smile on her face and everyone was happy … She stood out when she walked into the room!"
According to a PEOPLE press release, Houston police said witnesses saw a "black male suspect" who "got off a red Chrysler 200 and shot the victims multiple times."
"The male suspect got into the vehicle with three women and fled the scene in an unknown direction," the press release said.
For information about the shootings, please call the Houston Police Department Homicide at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.