Investigation into death of Shamia Little ongoing

Published: Oct. 28, 2021 at 3:04 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 28, 2021 at 7:30 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — The investigation into the death of 17-year-old Shamia Little is still heavy on the minds of many members of the community.

Shreveport Substitute Police Chief Wayne Smith says the case is active and other agencies are providing assistance.

“The investigation is proceeding. New evidence is being developed that we feel is going to help lead us to a conclusion at some point or another. So the investigation is still very, very active.”

It’s important in a situation like this to limit the details shared with the public.

”Many of our cases are made on the suspects or persons who are involved not knowing the extent of the information that we have about their involvement,” Smith explained. “So if we expose all that we know, it significantly hampers or makes the case difficult to draw to a conclusion.”

Little went missing in July 2021. After a massive search for days, they found her body not too far from Doug Williams Park, her last known location.

Lawanda Finney, who lost her son Benjamin Finney Jr. to gun violence in 2017, said cases like Little’s make her situation feel like an opened wound.

“It’s hard trying to deal with it knowing that your child’s killer is still on the loose and still walking amongst us,” said Finney, whose son’s alleged killer walked free because of a lack of evidence to prosecute him.

World Population Review shows Louisiana has the highest murder rate in the United States.

”With the homicides that we have been dealing with this year, it’s taking a toll on me.” Finney said. “Also just knowing that more of our young women and men are being murdered.

No murderer has come forward, no justice has come to their parents,” she continued. “It just heart-filling. If you lost a child to murder, you feel what that parent is feeling.”

Caddo-Shreveport Crime Stoppers is offering a $3,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case. Crime Stoppers usually caps rewards at $2,000; however, some educators have put forth an additional $1,000 to be added to the reward.

If you have any information on this case, you can submit a tip by calling (318) 673-7373 or using the P3 Tips app.

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