It is with a very leaden heart that I must let you know Ken’s daughter was shot and killed while waiting for a bus last night in DC.
The face of beautiful innocence~
THE EXCEPTIONAL CONSERVATIVE SHOW®: MY DAUGHTER, CHARNICE.
Syracuse University alumna, reporter Charnice Milton shot, killed on assignment in Washington D.C.
By Jameson Fleming | firstname.lastname@example.org May 28, 2015
Syracuse University alumna and Washington D.C. reporter Charnice Milton was shot and killed while returning home from an assignment Wednesday night.
Milton was headed home after covering an advisory committee meeting in Washington D.C. Wednesday night when she was fatally shot near a bus stop, reports The Washington Post.
Milton covered activities of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions and other public meetings, but later wrote profiles and reviewed museum exhibits, according to her employer, Capital Community News.
Milton attended Ball State for her undergraduate degree and later received a master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2011.
“She was extremely reliable, extremely diligent, and incredibly intrepid,” Andrew Lightman, managing editor of CCN told The Washington Post. “She was one of a handful of reporters across the District who was looking at the nuts and bolts of everyday life.”
Police say Milton was shot by a man on a dirt bike, but was not the intended target. She was reportedly used as a human shield by a bystander, reports NBC Washington.
“She was on her way home doing what she did every single day,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Thursday. “She was so thoughtful. She would always let her mom know, ‘I’m on my way home. Don’t worry.'”
Lanier begged for the community’s help to find her killer.
“Help us get to the person who would be so reckless as to take this life in the manner it was taken,” Lanier said. “We need closure for this girl, for this community.”
Syracuse.com High School Sports Manager Charlie Miller was Milton’s first professor at SU. On the first day of their News Writing class, he asked the students where they hoped to be in 10 years.
“Some said the New York Times, some said Esquire or Rolling Stone,” Miller said. “Charnice said she wanted to be writing stories that mattered in the community where she grew up. She spent the next year at Newhouse working toward that goal. That’s how she was: honest, humble, caring and driven.”
A prominent community advocate Nikki Peele spoke highly of Milton.
“I found her to be so humble yet heartfelt,” Peele told The Washington Post. “She was one of those people who really wanted to share the narrative of great things that made east of the river so special. She was a short, petite woman but was so powerful with her words.”
The Newhouse School of Public Communications tweeted its condolences following her murder.