Teen killed in Suffolk shooting was King’s Fork High student

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Suffolk, Va. - An 18-year-old student at King's Fork High School was killed in a shooting early Saturday morning.

Friends of Denishe-Ya King could not believe she was victim and with a gunman on the run, King’s best friend would only interview with Newschannel 3 if she was not identified.

“She was a good girl, she would graduate in June, she wanted to be a doctor, that is all she talked about, she really touched the hearts of many people,” said her friend.

Investigators say it all happened after a house party in the 400 block of St. James Avenue around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. A fight broke out and spilled into the street, and that is when a gun was pulled. After the shooting everyone ran off, King was left bleeding in the street. When police got to the scene she was dead.

“I could not believe it at first, it is still hard to believe that she is gone, that she is not going to be on the bus or in school anymore,” said Rachel Knight.

Neighbors told Newschannel 3 they heard a half a dozen shots.

Detectives are continuing to interview possible witnesses and request that anyone who may have information on this case is asked to contact Suffolk Police or the Crime Line at 1-888-Lock-U-Up.  When calling Crime Line, callers do not have to give their names or appear in court.  If a caller’s information leads to an arrest, the caller could qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.


  • Milwife

    Why are kids out that late? I know this can happen any time of day but really we need to keep an eye on the crowd our children consort with… I know we have to let them make their own mistakes and choices but WOW… she had her life ahead of her. Hoping these thugs who decided to bring a gun to a fight get caught and nobody holds back to give her family closure. This is a nonsense killing. Hasn’t anybody watched “FRIDAY” w/Ice Cube? Use your fists if you’re going to fight. Prayers to the family.

  • Tariel

    First off, why is the out this late? Why would her parents allow her to stay out this late? She was a good person sure, but good people hang around these crowds? Yes, RIP and prayers to her family. But this could have been prevented in so many ways. That’s why you have to watch the company you keep! An unnecessary tragedy.

    • Mike

      Kids are out “this late” because as one who was once her age, we yearn for nights like those. As a good teen, my mother didn’t hesitate to allow me to go out and enjoy myself with my friends, ensuring her i’d be home in addition to staying out of trouble, i’m sure her parent(s)/guardian(s) felt the same way and took the same approach. Things happen, life happens, and unfortunately it happened to this young lady. God bless her life, and God rest her soul.

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