GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids police have identified the victim of a deadly shooting earlier this week as the cousin of Kent County Commissioner Robert Womack.
The shooting took place at Griggs Street and Paris Avenue Tuesday night, according to the Grand Rapids Police Department.
Police say the victim has been identified as 20-year-old Grand Rapids resident Kendall Therese Frost, adding the Kent County Medical Examiner confirmed the cause of death was by a gunshot wound.
The shooting is still under investigation.
Commissioner Womack posted on Facebook that he and his family are heartbroken. They are asking for prayers and for help finding whoever's responsible.
"She was just a beautiful soul,” says Kendall’s aunt Patricia. "She was just a real strong minded person, very sweet, humble."
The family of Kendall Frost says the 20-year-old’s life just started.
"She just came into my house and just walked into my room and jumped into my bed and was like, ‘Titi hold me.’ And she's a taller girl and she's just lanky and hanging off my lap and I'm never going to be able to get that experience again with her."
Patricia describes her niece’s death as tragic. "Kendall didn't deserve to die this way,” she says. “Kendall was a great kid and this gun violence is just out of control."
Her sentiment is shared by Kent County Commissioner Robert Womack, Kendall’s cousin.
Investigators declined to detail what led up to the incident, but Womack says she was sitting in her car.
“I just want justice for our family, justice for her memory,” says Womack.
With no suspects identified by police, Kendall’s family hopes someone with information speaks up, saying accountability is what they — and Kendall — deserve.
"Hopefully we can set an example by leading, to show everybody that these people that they're taking… they have family that care about them; they have family that it impacts greatly," says Patricia. "This breaks people's souls. We need justice for Kendall; we need somebody to come forward and explain."
Those with information in connection to the incident are asked to call 616-456-3380 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.