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UPDATE: Police Say No One is Cooperating in The Search for De'Precia Ware's Killer

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UPDATE -- YAKIMA, WA. -- It's been more than two months since a 19-year-old Yakima woman was shot and killed while walking with friends on Halloween night. Police have yet to identify a suspect in that shooting.

Police haven't gotten very close to finding out who shot and killed De'Precia Ware back in  November. 

The Yakima Police Department says it's because no one is cooperating with their investigators.

Detectives now know that Ware was walking with five friends when they were involved in an altercation with a group of four men near the corner of South 8th Avenue and Spruce Street. When one man pulled a gun, Ware and her friends turned and ran. The man fired several shots, hitting Ware once in the heart. 

Yakima police say they've met with everyone they believe was there when ware was shot but no one is talking. 

"What I think is frustrating for the department and for the community is that there are people out there that have information that could lead us to a suspect," Mike Bastinelli of the Yakima Police Department said. "And those people are unwilling to provide that information."

Yakima police don't consider the shooting gang related although they do know that several gang members were involved in the incident. 

The police continue to ask the public that if you do know anything about De'Precia's death, please come forward and share your information. 


YAKIMA, WA. -- Yakima police continue to investigate a shooting over the weekend, one that killed 19-year-old De'Precia Ware on Halloween night. The Yakima Police Department tells us they have talked to several people, even a few eye witnesses, about the shooting that killed De'Precia Ware. Right now they have no suspects but they are following several leads in the case. 

An autopsy performed Monday confirmed that Ware died from a single gunshot wound that hit her in the back and ruptured her heart.

According to police, De'Precia was walking with three friends near Davis High School on Halloween night when they got into an argument with a group of several men.

One of the men opened fire and hit De'Precia as she was running away.

We talked to De'Precia's heartbroken cousin Tuesday afternoon.  

"She was always smiling and she loved to have fun," Kenneth Johnson, De'Precia's cousin said. "A pleasure to be around. She's going to be missed very dearly."

Police now believe that another shooting less than a day later, on Saturday afternoon, could be connected to the death of De'Precia Ware. Officers say shots were exchanged between a 15-year-old boy and two other men around 3 o'clock. One person suffered minor injuries in that shooting. 

Right now the Yakima Police Department is not investigating this shooting as "gang related" although several people involved in the shootings appear to have gang ties. 

If you have any information, De'Precia's family urges you to call the Yakima Police Department at (509) 575-6200.



YAKIMA, WA - Autopsy results show 19-year-old De'Precia Ware who was shot last Friday in Yakima, died from a single gunshot wound in the back. 

According to police, Ware was walking with friends near A.C. Davis High School when a dispute with three or four people broke out. 

The people fled after the shooting. Police have not named any suspects. 


PREVIOUS/ YAKIMA, WA-- Police in Yakima are still investigating what led to the death of a young woman late Halloween night.

It happened around 10:00 Friday night near South 8th Avenue and Spruce Street in Yakima. 19-year-old De'Precia Ware was walking down the street with a group of friends when they ran into a group of men.

Police said there was an confrontation between the two groups and that is when one of the suspects pulled a gun.  Ware and her friends began to run away, but the suspect shot several rounds at them, one hitting Ware in the back.

Mike Bastinelli from the Yakima Police Department said he hope someone will come forward with more information.

"Obviously they were in shock because here they are walking with one of their friends and moments later they're running for their lives as someone's shooting at them.  A lot of times people talk and that's what we're hoping for at this point is that somebody says something to someone and that information gets back to us," Bastinelli said.

Police said it is too soon to tell if this is gang related or if there was a motive to the shooting.  Ware's friends claim they did not know the group of men who confronted them.

This is the second homicide in Yakima in 2014.  If you have any information about what happened, you are asked to call the Yakima Police Department at 509-575-6200.