Vigil held for Barry University student fatally shot in Miami

No arrests made in connection with death of Priscilla Torres

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor, Carlos Suarez - Anchor/Reporter

MIAMI - Friends and classmates attended a vigil Monday night in Naples to mourn the loss of a Barry University student who was shot to death in Miami.

Police said Priscilla Torres, 19, was found suffering from at least one gunshot wound early Saturday near Northwest 29th Avenue and Northwest 12th Street.

She was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where she died.

Police said Torres had been reported missing later that day.

According to Miami Shores police spokesman David Golt, Torres had texted a friend shortly before 4:30 a.m. that she was on her way back to her dormitory in Miami Shores.

She never arrived.

"She was a good friend of mine -- an outgoing person. It's a shame," Torres' classmate Faustino Yanes said.  

On Tuesday, university administrators met with Torres' classmates to discuss the few details they know about her death.

"We had the dean of Arts of Sciences, and the assistant dean was in there, to speak with us about what happened," Rachel Tellez said. "They reached out to us to make sure that we were going to be OK, and that we have resources at the school that we can go to." 

Friends said Torres was majoring in exercise and sport science. Classmates said she was outgoing and well-liked on campus.

"Not many of us wanted to talk about it yet," Tellez said. "It just happened, and we don't know what to think about it, and we don't know exactly happened. Nobody really knows what to say." 

Police said the vehicle in which Torres was last seen, a white Nissan Sentra with Florida tag HZBU86, has not been found.

A motive for the shooting is unknown.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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