LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The mother of 18-year-old Addie May, who was killed early Saturday morning in a drive-by shooting, collected her daughter's diploma during her graduation from Laurel High School Tuesday night.
Her father, Kevin May, said his daughter was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"As a father, I just want people to know that my daughter is gone, but she will never be forgotten," says Kevin. "We're going to keep her name uplifted like she's still with us, because she is. She's in our hearts and nobody can take that away from us."
Family members said she had her entire future ahead of her. Her father said she was a daddy's girl who was set to attend Alcorn State. She aspired to be a doctor.
"That really bothers me because they didn't only take her they took all the people's lives that she would've affected while being a doctor," Kevin said.
Her sister, Precious May, said she and Addie were best friends. Precious, who has a newborn child, said Addie loved her niece like she was her own.
"It's not easy for nobody," Precious said. "If you knew Addie, you loved Addie."
Her father said that he was at work when he received the call from his daughter Precious that Addie had been shot.
"She said Addie's been shot and I said no," Kevin said. "I just broke down and said, 'I'm on my way.' Before I could get to my supervisor, she called me back and said "Daddy, she didn't make it."
According to the Jasper County Sheriff's Department, Addie was pronounced dead on the scene on Hwy 11 just north of Heidelberg.
Sheriff Randy Johnson said there are no suspects at this time.
Family members said Addie was loved by many and they have no clue as to why anyone would want to hurt Addie.
"I feel that it would help a lot with us getting justice and closure if we just knew why," said Precious. "But we probably will never know why."
Kevin said the family is in grieving as they focus on the memories they have left.
"We thank God for the 18 years we did have with her," Kevin said. "We just remember her smile because she was always smiling."
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation with the assistance of the Jasper County Sheriff's Department, according to Johnson.
He asks that the public contact the Jasper County Sheriff's Department at 601-764-2588 or Crime Stoppers with any information.