After her 20-year-old daughter was shot at a stoplight this past August in Virginia, Kristy Burrus-Clay has made it her mission to help put an end to gun violence in their community.
WRIC reports that Krissia Henderson-Burrus died in the hospital the morning after she was found shot in her car in a McDonald’s parking lot.
According to authorities, the young girl was shot in the side and in the head while stopped at a traffic light with a friend, causing her to crash into the McDonald’s parking lot:
“So, he screamed to my daughter, ‘pull off, pull off, pull off.’ And shots started being fired.”
Burrus-Clay told 8News that even though the police have not any made arrests, she still has hope they will.
She said looking through a book filled with her daughter’s pictures helps her cope with the loss.
Family and friends also wrote inspirational messages about Krissia in the book:
“People that really cared about her just write so I can look back.”
Henderson-Burrus was majoring in criminal justice at Virginia Union University and is remembered as vibrant, “energetic and always helping someone”.
Burrus-Clay told 8News that after hearing that her daughter had been shot, her “heart stopped.”
Even with the horrific news, she and her husband were still hopeful:
“I’m praying, ‘just fight Krissia, just fight.'”
However, when they arrived at the hospital, it was too late. Their daughter had died.
Burrus-Clay hopes to honor her daughter’s memory by fighting to end gun violence in the community:
“My story is to try to make my daughter’s death mean something, to prevent the next mother from walking in my shoes.”
Virginia Union will be hosting a memorial in Henderson-Burrus’ honor on Thursday.
The investigation is still ongoing, and the family asks anyone that may have any information to please call Crime Stoppers.