|Venita Allen, age 17|
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Venita Allen died Thursday morning at Cardinal Glennon Children`s Medical Center.
“She was really excited about this day,” said Niesha Farrar, Venita`s best friend, who is also the other girl wounded in the shooting early Sunday morning in the 500 block of Falling Springs Road in Cahokia.
Venita Allen was particularly exited about turning 18 because it would mean she would be old enough to leave the foster care system and go out into the world on her own, which, with the help of a family friend, she was planning to do.
The other girl wounded, 16-year-old Niesha Farrar, is still recovering from being shot in the neck and buttocks. Now, she is also dealing with a broken heart.
Niesha Farrar, age 16 (left) with Venita Allen, age 17 (right)
“She was my girl, every night before we would go to sleep we would talk about everything, she would tell me the stuff she used to go through. She was the kind of person you could count on,” Farrar said.
The suspect in the case, 18-year-old Amos Bullocks, has so far been charged with attempted first degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm. He is being held on a $1,000,000 bond.
Allegedly, Bullocks text messaged the girls, inviting them to his home, because he was upset about a Facebook posting. Soon after, he allegedly shot them both.
After the shooting, Farrara was able to run to a nearby apartment complex for help, but she lost track of Venita.
Three hours later a passerby noticed her lying in this vacant lot and called police.
“I am so hurt, but I know God sent her to heaven and she won`t have to suffer no more,” Farrar said.
The charges Amos Bullocks faces right now are only for shooting Niesha. The St. Clair County State`s Attorney anticipates Cahokia police will file more charges on Friday.
In the meantime, people have been leaving birthday cards near the spot where Venita was shot..