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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Western Kentucky University student was shot and killed early Sunday after leaving a party at a downtown venue.
The Gillespie near 5th and Market Streets was quiet Sunday. But hours earlier, as a party was ending, 24-year old Cheryl Williamson was shot in the chest after witnesses say words were exchanged between her and possibly two other men.
"He just pulled out a gun and shot the poor girl in the chest. She didn't have as much as a water gun on her," according to community activist Christopher 2X.
Cheryl and her friends were attending a party hosted by DJ Drama at the Gillespie, according to a flyer posted on Facebook. Some of those same friends gathered Sunday inside the office of community activist Christopher 2X.
"It's just a hard pill to swallow because right now I just saw her. She was standing next to me smiling like always," said friend Kelnesha Durrett.
Terrance Williams was nearby when the shot was fired.
"When I heard the gunshot, I ran down the street," Williams said. "Then I saw her headband on the floor ... one she designed herself."
Friends say Cheryl was finishing up her senior year at Western Kentucky University and planned to start her own fashion line.
"She was very ambitious. Just a lovable girl," Williams said.
"She had a lot of big dreams and goals that she wanted to accomplish and it's just hard to process that right now," Durrett said.
After she was shot, Cheryl managed to flag down a friend who drove her to University Hospital, where she died during surgery. A crime scene investigator could be seen at the hospital Sunday.
Homicide detectives are hoping surveillance video will help identify those responsible.
Meanwhile, her best friends are still struggling with loss.
"This is senseless," Williams said. "It's not worth anything."
Williamson's friends say she was a senior at Western Kentucky University and was home for the holidays.
Louisville Metro Police are investigating, but there are currently no suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous LMPD crime tipline at 574-LMPD.