Family remembers Waneshia Bush with balloon release

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WINNSBORO, La. (KNOE) - One woman is dead in an overnight shooting in Winnsboro.

Waneshia Bush's family had a balloon release to honor her./ Source: KNOE

Waneshia Bush was hit by a stray bullet after a gunfight broke during a birthday party.

On Sunday, her family honored her with a balloon release. They met where Bush was struck just hours before. Then, they joined hands and prayed.

"It's hurting,” says Brianna Davis, Bush’s cousin. “I would wait for her every day for her to get off, and we'd sit back. It's just shocking, because this a different type of pain. I never thought I'd lose someone I was really close with."

As they reflect on her life, the biggest thing that comes to mind is her vivid personality.

"Great person, great personality," Davis said. "She always kept a smile on her face."

Family members say she had a smile that infected every person she met. The 20-year-old was also a minister of dance at her home church, preparing to share that love at her own dance camp in August.

Bush was also a standout in the classroom. She was an honor-roll student at Grambling State University.

"In Gram, she was talking about how she was ready to go back and be the queen again," Davis said.

As her family prepares to move on, they know they've got to stay strong, because they say that's what she would want.

"I love you, Waneshia," Davis said. "The Bush marathon does continue. I love you. I'm going to try to stay strong for you. Get your rest. Fly high. I'm going to keep her name high."

Bush's family is also planning to have a vigil Monday night at the same location at 7:30 p.m.