Family, friends hold vigil for teen killed in shooting

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PHOENIX -- Dozens of people gathered in Phoenix Saturday night to remember Niani Rayshawn Allen.

The 16-year-old girl was fatally shot in the head Friday night at the intersection of 67th Avenue and Broadway Road, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

"Basically, she was in the wrong place at the wrong time," said Allen's older sister, Desanne, who came down from California as soon as she heard what had happened. "She ended up getting caught up in some stuff she didn't have any business getting caught up in."

MCSO spokesman Officer Chris Hegstrom said Niani Allen was riding in a car with three other people when 18-year-old Jason Christopher Lindsey Jr. allegedly fired into the car from another vehicle.

Hegstrom said the two groups had just left a basketball game at a nearby school, where there had been an argument.

"We don't know what the argument was at this time. That's still under investigation," Hegstrom said. "As far as, do we believe she was the one that was the target? We're not sure."

The girl's friends drove her to a nearby Wal-Mart to get help.

She was transported to Phoenix Children's Hospital in critical condition and later died.

Desanne Allen said her sister had been hanging out with the wrong crowd.

"She was a good person, but she just started hanging around with like a lot of bad people," Desanne Allen said. "Since I've been in California, I haven't really had the opportunity to talk to her and let her know, the stuff you're doing is wrong and you're not supposed to do stuff like that."

She said her younger sister loved to dance and always made her laugh.

She hopes Niani Allen will be remembered as "a great human being, who was very pretty and very loving and very kind."

Investigators are still trying to determine the motive behind the shooting.

Lindsey has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault and one count of first-degree murder. He is being held on a $1 million bond.

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