(WHAS11) - Was the shooting death of a Louisville woman in a local park an act of retaliation?
The victim was scheduled to testify in an upcoming murder trial. Some in her family says that's why she was killed.
The family's suspicions haven't been confirmed by police or the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. But the family is curious and has contacted attorney Derwin Webb, who I'm told plans to talk to the prosecutor's office about the link between Troya Sheckles' death and the trial.
In the meantime, the family says they can't even think about the suspect right now because they're grieving.
"One of my favorite Bible verses is: 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.' So we will make it. We'll never forget, but we'll be able to make it," said Somone, one of Troya's cousins.
But "making it" will be an uphill battle, as LaTonya and Somone fought back tears while sharing pictures of their cousin Troya Sheckles.
"We (were all) raised together. So more or less, instead of being cousins, we were all sisters. That's the way we (were) raised and that's our little sister," said Somone.
Around 7:45 p.m. which was still daylight outside and in front of witnesses, someone gunned down Troya Sheckles in Shelby Park.
She was only 31 years old and had planned to go to school and get a degree.
And most importantly, as an only child, she wanted to always be there for her mother.
"Everyone's grieving really bad... This was a shock. This was a shocking surprise...," Said Somone.
"I haven't (been able) to see her, so I still don't believe it. I know she's gone, but I still don't believe it," said LaTonya.
Through the sadness, the anger, and the shock, the family says that they have found a reason to be thankful.
"It could have been worse. It could have been her and all the other kids in the park playing. We thank God that no one else was hurt," said Somone.
They say Troya never bothered anyone and enjoyed her life. So they never expected to be in this spot, talking about their loved one in the past tense.
"One thing that keeps us going is that we know first and foremost is that she was a Christian and that she loved the Lord. And that's without a doubt," said Somone.