WKU student killed after party, police continue search for suspect

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 27 at 5:50 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Louisville Metro Police are searching for a suspect after a Western Kentucky University student was shot and killed after a party in the 500 block of Market Street.

Officers responded to reports of gunshots around 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Upon arrival, they dispersed a large crowd that attended an event at the Gillespie but did not locate a victim.

According to police, 24-year-old Cheryl Williamson was brought to University Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest and was taken into surgery where she later died.

Williamson’s friends say she was a senior studying fashion design. Friends told WHAS11 she had just come back into town Saturday around 11:30 p.m.

“I just saw her she was standing right next to me all smiles like always. I didn't think the last time I saw her would be the last time I saw her,” Cheryl’s friend Kelnesha Durrett said.

Terrance Williams went to the Gillespie with Cheryl. He said they had been there several times in the past. He describes the moment after a fight broke out, “when I heard the gunshot I ran down the street and I saw her headband on the floor.”

Williamson’s friends said the 24 year- old had dreams of having her own fashion line.

“She wanted to have her own store. Her own clothing line…she was a really great person. She was a sweetheart. She always had very encouraging words for everybody,” Durrett said.
Word of Williamson’s murder sent shock throughout the Western Kentucky University Campus.
“It's just so sad... So I just hope that everyone remembers Cheryl as she was. She was nice. She was loving. A girl who wanted it so much, and it was just unfortunate,” said friend Marquis Scott.

"It’s crazy how people can’t just have a disagreement without guns involved,” Shade Blackman said.

The LMPD Homicide Unit is investigating and has no known suspects at this time.

If you have any information, you’re encouraged to call 574-LMPD.

Western Kentucky University released the following statement:

Western Kentucky University mourns the loss of student Cheryl Williamson as we do any member of our University family. President Gary Ransdell will be reaching out to her family to express condolences and offer the University’s support. We are also making efforts to contact Cheryl’s friends and have counseling services available to anyone who wants it in dealing with this tragedy.
 

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