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17-year-old Youngstown girl shot and killed in Cleveland

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A Youngstown family is searching for justice after their loved one was shot and later died in Cleveland.

Family and friends said Destiny Brown was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.

"Sweetest person, lovable, real goofy, she loved to laugh, she always had a big smile on her face," said her sister Alexis Myers.

A smile that will always stay with Destiny Brown's family and friends long after her death Sunday.

"At this point in her life she was just trying to get her life together she was only 17. I just took her to get her drivers permit the other day so she was supposed to be coming back here Friday from Cleveland to start driving school and all that," said Myers. 

Brown graduated from the trade school Job Corps in Cleveland six months ago and was going back to be trained to become a medical assistant.

Then Thursday night she was hit by gunfire while sitting in a parked car in Cleveland.

"She don't be into nothing to where she should had gotten that done to her like wrong place at the wrong time," she said.

According to a police report, Brown was visiting a friend she met through Job Corps that night and a man drove them to get groceries. 

Brown was sitting in a parked car on Westropp Avenue around midnight on Friday.

The driver of the vehicle was dropping Destiny and the friend off at her friend's house when a van reportedly pulled up behind the parked car. 

According to reports, Destiny started to get out of the vehicle when she asked the driver if he knew the people in the van. The driver said he did not know them. As Destiny closed the door, the occupants of the van fired several shots. Destiny's friend told police she heard approximately 14 gunshots.

The driver drove off eastbound on 152nd Street and the van followed. The driver reportedly drove until the suspect vehicle stopped following them.

According to reports, the driver stopped on Lakeshore Boulevard to call 911. When officers arrived on scene Destiny was unconscious in the passenger's seat.

Police say Destiny was taken to University Hospitals early Friday morning and passed away on Sunday. 

"We definitely going to get justice though, believe that, that's in my soul," said Syrell Howell of Youngstown.

"Just a little closure for us, we need justice and we need her back, we just want her back, it's not going to be the same without her," said Myers.

Police are looking for surveillance video and are continuing to investigate the shooting.

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