TEMPLE — LaCrae Hill, 20, died Thursday night after taking a bullet meant for her mother, her cousin Antionette Webb said.
Hill’s mother, who was extremely upset about her daughter’s death, confirmed the bullet that killed her daughter was meant for her. She also called her daughter “one of God’s angels.”
Hill’s death happened just a month before she would celebrate her 21st birthday, Webb said.
The Temple Police Department investigated the shooting as a homicide, according to a Friday morning news release.
A later release from Temple police requested the public’s assistance in locating 24-year-old John Nichols, who was charged with murder in connection with Hill’s death Friday afternoon.
Anyone with information about where Nichols is located is asked to contact Temple police at 254-298-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-729-8477.
Webb only knew the alleged shooter as Scooter, but confirmed Friday to a reporter that the photo released by Temple police was that of the man who shot and killed her cousin.
The shooting happened about 11:55 p.m. in front of a home in the 700 block of South Knob Street.
The investigation indicated Hill and Nichols were arguing in the street when he pulled out a handgun and shot her in the head.
Hill was transported to Scott & White Hospital, where she died from her injuries.
Webb grew up with Hill, who was one of eight children.
Tessa Webb, 17, is one of Hill’s sisters.
“LaCrae was a wonderful big sister, and she mostly forgave people who hurt her. She never meant to start drama.
She was loving, kind, caring and an understanding person. She liked to party, smile and laugh.
She was just herself all of the time,” Tessa said.
Hill was a 2011 graduate of Fred W. Edwards Academy.
A Community of Creeds Prayer Vigil and fundraiser by a group of young Temple residents concerned about the community and the families impacted by the tragedy are planned to help with funeral expenses.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Ferguson Park, 1203 E. Adams Ave.