[EDITOR'S NOTE: We're cross-posting this from our sister site The Waterland Blog because this young woman was widely known through the area:]
According to a Facebook Page, a Memorial Service for Jayme Leilani Thomas, the 19-year old woman who was shot and killed last weekend in Des Moines, will be held this Saturday, Nov. 12th from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Mount Rainier High School.
As we previously reported, Thomas was shot early Saturday morning (Nov. 5) in the 800 block of Redondo Way South, along with a 24-year old man, who suffered non life-threatening injuries. She later died of her injuries at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The suspects are still at large, and police are seeking the public’s help (see below for details).
Thomas was well-known and liked, and worked as a lifeguard and coach at Olympic View Swim Club in Normandy Park.
Her Facebook Page has been turned into a memorial, and is full of memories, photos and comments.
Also, donations to the Jayme Thomas Memorial Fund can be made at any branch of Chase Bank.
According to witnesses, a verbal confrontation occurred between two separate groups early Saturday before the shooting occurred. Witnesses stated two males started passing a gun around and then fired shots into the victim’s vehicle.
The two male suspects were described as an Asian Male in his early 20s, and a Black Male, in his early to late 20s.
Witness also provided police with a description of two separate vehicles the two male suspects fled the scene in prior to the police arriving:
- Vehicle 1: 1990-1995, flat black Honda Civic 2 door with black & chrome after market rims and tinted windows.
- Vehicle 2: Lowered 1990-1995, primer black Honda Civic 2 door with black spoke rims, large chrome muffler, no front license plate, tinted windows, and had recent body work near the rear driver’s side wheel well.
Detectives are actively investigating and request anybody with information in regards to this incident to please contact the Des Moines Police Department at (206) 878-3301.
Here are the event details:
WHAT: Memorial Service for Jayme Leilani Thomas.
WHEN: Saturday, November 12 · 1:00pm – 8:00pm
WHERE: Mount Rainier High School, located at 22450 19th Avenue South, Des Moines, WA 98198