HELENA-WEST HELENA, AR (WMC-TV) - 16-year-old Quanteria Smith would have started her junior year next Monday at Central High School in Helena-West Helena. But a barrage of bullets ended her life on her own front porch this week.
"She was a sweet girl and I don't know why he killed her," said cousin Jasmine Smith.
"She never did nothing to nobody," her friend, Kimberly Steele, added.
They came by the house to take a look at the bullet holes and crime scene tape that indicate what happened there.
"Only thing I know is they say he started counting to 10 and when he got to 10 they came outside and he started shooting," Steele said.
Police cannot confirm the killer's chilling countdown as he approached the house on foot. They do say he used a semi-automatic handgun. Quanteria and her mother's boyfriend, 23 year-old Eddie Henry, never had a chance to escape nearly a dozen shots.
"It's just sad cause it was almost a case of wrong place, wrong time," said Sgt. Roy Covington of the Helena-West Helena Police Department.
Covington said the 16-year-old was likely collateral damage in an ongoing feud.
"We're pretty sure it has to do with retaliation from an incident stemming from the 4th of July weekend," Covington said.
The mother's boyfriend was treated for his injuries and released from a local hospital. Police say 16 year-old Quanteria Smith died on the scene.
A 43-year-old man was stabbed to death in Helena-West Helena two days before Quanteria Smith was killed.
We're told Smith's mother and her boyfriend have not been back to the house since the shooting. Call 870-572-3441 if you can help police identify the killer.