Police release identity of Oklahoma City shooting victim

By Michael Kimball Modified: August 1, 2008 at 5:20 pm •  Published: August 1, 2008
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Had things turned out differently, Vanessa Swaissi would have been in Florida today for a summer getaway. Instead, her friends and family are mourning a life cut short by a teenage gunman.

Police identified Swaissi, 25, as the woman shot to death Thursday in northeast Oklahoma City. She was found on the street near a Cadillac coupe in the 300 block of NE 63 about 4:20 p.m.

She and a female passenger had given a ride to two male passengers, who robbed them and shot Swaissi, police said. Her passenger was not hurt.

Police said they are still searching for the suspects, described as teenagers, who ran into a nearby apartment complex wearing white T-shirts and jeans.

‘She didn’t have enemies’

Shannon Ford, 25, Swaissi's close friend, described Swaissi as the most caring, ambitious and lively person she's ever met.

"Everybody loved Vanessa," Ford said. "She was just that kind of person. I mean, I loved that girl, and so did so many other people. ... There are a lot of people who won't know what to do without her."

Another of Swaissi’s friends said she would do whatever she could to further her dreams and those of her closest friends and relatives. “She was just one of those people where if you had something going on that she thought was a good idea, she would put all of her energy into it to make it better than what it was,” said a close friend who asked not to be identified.

Swaissi, who had recently resumed going to church and school, was preparing to leave for a Florida vacation Friday, he said. Guest book: Vanessa Swaissi

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