They are now pleading with the city to stop the senseless acts of gun violence.
Friends and students at LYE Academy are heartbroken over the death of Juanita Washington.
“She’s just amazing, she’s a sweetheart and to look on the news and see that her life was taken from gun violence here in Memphis is devastating,” said Ladia Yates the owner of LYE Academy, a dance studio.
Washington was shot at the Walgreens off South Perkins Wednesday.
The shooting happened just before 1 p.m. Memphis police say Washington was taken to Regional One in critical condition where she was later pronounced dead.
Yates says Washington was the head administrator for over six years.
“She did not feel well and needed to run to the Walgreens and get a heating pad for her back, she just told my grandmother that on the phone and then we get a call not too long later that she was murdered senselessly,” Yates said.
Yates says just two weeks ago they had a birthday party when Washington turned 60.
“Put the guns down, put the guns down. There’s no way in the world these kids should be dying, there’s no way in the world a 60 year woman should be getting killed just going to the store,” Yates said.
Police are still searching for the suspect, they identified him as a man who fled the scene in a white van.
Yates says the dance team has a competition coming up in Los Angeles, which they will dedicate and pay tribute to Washington.
Police say a male suspect left the scene in a white van. No arrests have been made.