The 18-year-old Maryland woman killed in a double shooting in October was the victim of an attempted robbery, according to Prince George’s County police.
Authorities released additional details Thursday on the motive behind the slaying of Allyssa Banks, including a sketch they say depicts the man who shot the young woman and her boyfriend.
Banks and her boyfriend were returning to their car after an evening out early Oct. 19 near Swiss Gap and Prince Place in Largo when someone with a gun approached, police said. Both were shot. Banks’s boyfriend survived the shooting, but Banks died at a hospital.
Banks was attending Prince George’s Community College and dreamed of becoming an EMT, said her mother, Lydia Banks. She pleaded with the public to come forward if they have any information about the sketch police released or information in her daughter’s case.
“I’m just prayerful that anything that is given at this time is a hope,” she said. “It weighs heavily on me.”
The young woman’s death devastated students and staff at Largo High School, where she had recently graduated and served as student body president. She is the second of three Largo High School students or alumni who have been fatally shot in the past year. The most recent occurred Monday when 18-year-old Ayana McAllister, a college student home on spring break, was slain while watching a music video being filmed in the District. Last March, 15-year-old Davonte Washington was killed at the Deanwood Metro station while waiting for a train with his mother and younger sisters.
McAllister’s death renewed a flood of anguish for Lydia Banks, particularly since McAllister was the same age as her daughter and the teens went to school together. She hopes county authorities and the police look into why so many students connected to the school have been senselessly shot.
“This past week, it has been so hard because it brought back everything from that initial day,” Lydia Banks said of McAllister’s killing. “My heart just dropped tremendously. My heart hurts equally for those parents.”
A reward of up to $25,000 is available for information leading to an arrest and indictment in Allyssa Banks’s slaying. Authorities are asking anyone with information to call 866-411-TIPS, and callers can remain anonymous.
Via Washington Post