Community reacts after missing teen is found dead

Published: Jul. 13, 2021 at 3:34 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Shreveport’s Mooretown community is processing the loss of 17-year-old Shamia Little.

On July 13, the Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office identified a body found between Greenwood Road and Pro Street as the missing teen. This location is less than a mile away from Douglas Williams Park, the last place Little was seen before she went missing.

Officials say they are now investigating the case as a homicide. There are still many questions on potential suspects and what exactly happened to Little.

Many who live in the neighborhood say they are in shock after hearing the news, especially those who live close to the park.

“I just don’t understand, man. Something like this so tragic happening so close to the family and so close to our home. We stay right beside the park, didn’t nobody see nothing. It was so quiet, nothing like that happens on this end [of the neighborhood],” resident Quincy Jones said.

Police have confirmed they are looking into at least one suspect. However, no arrests have been made.

Patricia Watkins says this is impacting everyone in the community, specifically parents.

“I don’t know her personally but that’s a child. She wasn’t nothing but 17 and she didn’t deserve it. It hurt me, it hurt my daughters just like we knew her,” said Watkins.

She says this is the time for everyone to come together to help the family get through this.

”I don’t know how it feels to lose a child and everything like that, but I can just tell her to try to hold her head up,” said Watkins.

KSLA reached out to Shamia’s mother, who said she is doing okay and is just trying to make it through.

Authorities urge anyone with any information about Shamia Little’s death to call Shreveport police detectives at (318) 673-7300 or (318) 673-6955.

Or contact Caddo-Shreveport Crime Stoppers by calling (318) at 673-7373, using the organization’s website or using the P3 Tips app to provide information anonymously.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $3,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for the homicide.

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