Family of woman shot, driven to CCB want ‘peace and justice’

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 13, 2015) -- Family members and friends of a woman found shot inside a truck outside the city-county building sat down with FOX59 after her death.

Azya Knowles, 20, was removed from life support Thursday night. She was in the passenger seat of a truck, driven to the CCB Wednesday afternoon, where police found her with a gunshot wound to the head.

"She'll never be forgotten, ever. She was the life of everybody," sister Skylar Knowles said.

Azya Knowles

Azya Knowles

Knowles can't stop looking at the little pieces she has left of her younger sister. They include her handprint, made in the hospital, a lock of her hair and even her medical bracelets.

"We just want peace and justice," Knowles said.

William Smith, 33, was driving that day and arrived at the building with a gun in his hand. He later told police someone had been shooting into the truck in the Haughville area.

Smith was arrested and charged with carrying a handgun without a license. As of Friday, no one had been charged with Azya's murder.

Knowles' three sisters and best friend said she loved her nieces and nephews like her own kids and that she was the one who everyone went to on a bad day.

"She made you forget about (it)," friend Uniquewa Rogers said.

The family is left with some comfort: Knowles was an organ donor who gave to five people in Indiana and as far away as Texas. Their information is written on a list that Skylar Knowles now keeps close.

"Even though Friday the 13th might be a bad day for a lot of people, it’s a good day for us because we know that Azya helped five people. ... We're blessed that they're able to live for Azya," Knowles said.

Now, they're hoping for someone to be held accountable for her death. If you have any information, you can report it anonymously to CrimeStoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.

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