Family holding vigil for shooting victim

Police say woman was shot after argument in parking lot next to McDonald's

Published On: Jun 22 2012 10:38:21 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 23 2012 12:02:26 AM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The family of a 26-year-old woman shot and killed while sitting in a car outside an Arlington McDonald's earlier this month will hold a vigil at 8 p.m. Friday at the restaurant.

Marvette Littles, a mother of three, was shot about 9:30 p.m. June 10 in a parking lot next to the restaurant on University Boulevard North.

"It's a sad situation because she has three young children," said the victim's sister, Kamisha Stevens. "We can't explain to the children, you know, 'Your mom's gone. She's never coming back.' We just needed some answers."

Homicide detectives believe the shooter was a woman dressed as man who walked with a slight limp. Police have released a surveillance photo of the man they believe to be the gunman, but still haven't identified the shooter.

Witnesses told police the shots were fired after an argument, but don't know what it was about or who it was with.

Arlington McDonald's homicide surveillance photo Stevens says her sister was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. With her three nieces and nephews in mind, she wants the person responsible to pay for what they've done.

"The 9-year-old understands. The 3-year-old, in her eyes, she keeps saying, 'My mom's coming to get me. My mom's coming to take me to the store,'" Stevens said. "You know, we're trying to break it to her as easy as possible, like, 'Your mom's gone to a better place. Your mom is in heaven.' But she keeps saying, 'My mom is taking too long.'"

Making a public plea to the community for help, Stevens says she needs to know why her younger sister was shot and killed.

"We want people to know if you have any information or know any information, if you would just come forward," Stevens said. "That would help us out. That would put a lot of the family at ease."

Police ask that anyone with information about the shooting call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.