A 25-year-old South Carolina woman was shot and killed in a domestic violence incident in Northeast Columbia Sunday night, according to authorities.
According to deputies, Wynter Straw was found shot and killed outside the Carrington Place at Wildwood Apartment Homes around 6 p.m. Sunday night. Deputies say she was shot and killed by a man she had a romantic relationship with.
Deputies say the man, who’s identity has not been released, barricaded himself in the apartment for hours before shooting himself.
“There was no warning no warning signs and that’s the hard part about it,” said Straw’s mother Lashon Williams.
Family and friends are devastated by her death and said they want her to be remembered for who she was and what she accomplished.
“A rising star, if you met her you loved her, if you hadn’t met her then you wish you had,” said Williams.
Straw’s family says she went to Columbia High School and played basketball at Allen University before graduating. Straw was also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Her former Coach Jason James says she was a dynamic player and teammate.
“She helped us win our first championship at Allen on the women’s side, first championship they ever won and she was a part of that team, a big part of that team,” said Coach James.
Straw was worked at the Department of Corrections as a mental health officer. Her mother said she was planning to go to law school.
Williams says she plans to share her daughters story to put an end to domestic violence.
“This is a shame that these girls, these babies these children and these mothers have to grieve because somebody decided they want to take God into their own hands,” said Williams. “It’s too much, it’s too much, we have to come together and figure out how we can put an end to this.”
The coroner’s office has not identified the man who shot and killed Wynter Straw.
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