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Alison Rice’s friends, senior in Louisiana State University Found shot dead inside her car in downtown Baton Rouge Friday morning, the 21-year-old was remembered as a happy, loving and kind young woman.
“Everyone has had enough. Everyone. I have a girlfriend, and I don’t see her often… and she texted me, and said, ‘Was this your niece?'” ‘ And I said, ‘Yes,’ and she wrote and said, ‘I now feel like it’s family. Now I feel like she’s everyone’s daughter.” Susie Rice Grannier, Rice’s aunt, told Fox News Digital.
Baton Rouge police officers confirmed that Rice was fatally shot in her bullet-ridden car early Friday near the railroad tracks on Government Avenue, the Baton Rouge Police Department confirmed to WAFB-TV. Investigators told the outlet that she may have been waiting for the train to pass when the shooting occurred.
The police department told Fox News Digital on Saturday afternoon that it had no further updates in the case.
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Granier said friends, strangers, and even politicians reached out to offer support for her family.
“We miss her. She was always smiling and happy. I just imagine her walking into her dad’s house and saying, ‘Hello everyone!'” And she hugs and kisses everyone, she smiles. She was just a bubbly person. She was cheered with school spirit awards and things like that. She’s never met a stranger,” Granier said.
Rice, who grew up in a suburb outside Baton Rouge, was studying marketing at LSU and was 21.
“She just wanted to be 21, she was going to graduate in May. That was the beginning of the rest of her life,” said Rice’s aunt, adding that the area where her niece worked was developing, but “as in every city, there are areas Certain you have to go through is not very nice, and unfortunately, she was on her way home.”
Investigators believe Rice was with friends on Friday evening before she was shot.
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Granier said she was stopped at an intersection waiting for the train to pass and may have tried to “turn around or turn away” when she was shot.
“The fear is that they will never find the person who did it,” she said.
Rice’s friends on social media remember her as a “beautiful soul” and “a ray of sunshine.”
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“How could that girl go? I really don’t understand. Alie deserves so much more than this world…I instead got the senseless and disgusting vile deeds of a sick man,” Kaelyn Mason wrote in a Friday Facebook post with several Old photos of Rice. “… I send my heart and prayers to her friends, family and everyone else who is feeling the impact of this loss. I’m sure the list of people grieving over this loss is endless.”
Another friend, Bella Taylor, said in a Facebook post that Rice was a “beautiful human” and “one of the coolest people” she’d ever met.
“[S]He never failed to make me smile or laugh when I was feeling down. I have always made sure to feel included and worthy. Taylor wrote: “It will be incredibly missed by many. Please be safe, especially when traveling alone, on empty streets or even late at night.”
Granier issued a similar warning: “[Friends] We must stay together. You have a buddy system. There is a lot going on, even at LSU, Tigerland and Baton Rouge. Everywhere. Just try not to be alone. Try not to be someone’s target. Search for each other. take care of each other. Be that friend. Just be careful. It’s not a great world now.”
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LSU issued a statement Friday saying the university was “sad to hear of the killing of senior Allison Rice overnight.”
“Her family and friends are in our thoughts, and we encourage anyone who may have more information about this crime to contact Baton Rouge Police,” the statement read. “Any of her friends and colleagues who would like to talk to someone about this or need help dealing with this loss can contact the Mental Health Service at the Student Health Center (225-578-8774).”
Elizabeth Brecht of Fox News contributed to this report.
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