A 17-year old girl was shot and killed on Michigan City's east side late Sunday night, and now police say they have charged a suspect in the crime.
LaPorte County Deputy Coroner Mark Huffman said the victim's body was laying on the edge of the roadway on Liberty Trail close to Krueger Memorial Park, south of U.S. 12.
He said the discovery was made around 11:15 p.m. after emergency responders received a call of shots fired.
Friends of the victim identified her as Ne'Keisha Hodges Hawkins.
Brandy Aldridge, 17, said she went to Michigan City High School with Hawkins, who just graduated last month.
''She was a sweet girl. Quiet. Pretty,'' said Aldridge, who was standing in her driveway in the 800 block of Liberty Trail when shots rang out.
''I saw the fire from the gun and I just heard screaming,'' said Aldridge.
Aldridge’s great grandmother, 69-year-old Barbara Wilson, said she was lying in bed when she heard five shots.