Sisters of Newport murder victim speak out

Sisters of Newport murder victim speak out
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - The three Thomas sisters--Rose Mary, Hollie and Vanessa--were basically inseparable, but one night things changed.

Friday evening Rose Mary and Hollie lost their sister Vanessa when she was shot and killed.

The shooting happened when bullets came flying in the car Vanessa was riding in along Hout Circle in Newport.

Rose Mary and their mother were also in the car when the horror occurred.

Rose Mary said the three heard a loud "pop-pop-pop" as they traveled down the street.

Those sounds were then followed by the screams of her sister.

"That was the last time I heard my sister say anything. She said 'Go now, go now they are shooting,'" Rose Mary said.

After the shooting stopped, Rose Mary turned around to a sight she never wanted to see.

"I turned around and she was slumped over in the back of my mom's car with blood all over the seat," Rose Mary said.

The two rushed Vanessa to the hospital as fast as possible.

"I told my mom 'Just drive fast, drive fast" and she said 'I am I am,' I said 'Drive faster,'" Rose Mary said.

But Vanessa had already passed away from the gunshot wound.

"He told us she was dead, that she didn't make it," Rose Mary recalled the doctor saying.

Rose Mary and her sister Hollie are now holding close to family as they get through the tough time of losing their sister.

"My sister is gone and there are no words in the world that can bring her back," Rose Mary said.

The girls now spend time thinking back to the good times they had with their sister.

"It is still so unreal, it is just unreal. Not too long ago, we got back from Branson on our spring break sister family trip," Hollie said.

Rose Mary said it is still hard to get the images from that day out of her head.

"It just traumatizes me," Rose Mary said.

The sisters are working hard to remember Vanessa as the loving mother, friend and sister that she was.

"She was a hardworking person. She loved to play cards, loved her kids," Rose Mary said.

The two sisters say they will never understand why it was Vanessa who got hurt in this drive-by shooting.

"I just don't understand why they took my sister. She didn't bother anybody. She didn't ask for this," Rose Mary said.

"And she didn't deserve it at all," Hollie added.

The two girls thank everyone for their support during this time, and now they just ask for prayers.

"Just keep us in your prayers, just pray please," Hollie said.

They also pray for the four young kids Vanessa left behind in her tragic death.

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