27-year-old gunned down after moving to city for better life
Erin Anne Tilley was the typical twenty-something who loved life and moved to the city with hopes of bigger and better things before she was fatally gunned down early Friday morning, says a longtime friend from her hometown in St. John’s, Nfld.
"This is just crazy — I am shocked about what happened to her," Melissa Tizzard, who was friends with the 27-year-old since she attended fifth grade, said yesterday. "She wasn’t the kind of person who would get into trouble. She was the typical straight-A student."
Tizzard says the young woman moved to Edmonton after graduating from high school to be closer to her sister and to "find bigger and better" opportunities.
"The last thing I said to her when she came home for a visit two years ago was, ‘I’ll see you soon," she recalled. "I guess that won’t be happening."
Police now say it’s possible the woman wasn’t the intended target for the shooter when she was killed in the west end in a vehicle around 156 St. and 95 Ave.
Police received a 9-1-1 call from a nearby resident who heard shots fired, potentially between a blue car and a white car at the intersection, police said.
Tilley and another woman arrived at the Royal Alexandria Hospital in a blue car in which the former Newfoundland resident was suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound.
Police believe there were others inside the vehicle when the woman was shot, but witnesses haven’t come forward to help homicide detectives with the investigation.
"Investigators are looking into this incident as having gang connections, but in what they have been able to uncover to date, there is no indication that (Tilley) has been involved in a gang," said police spokeswoman Karen Carlson.
Officers are hoping to talk with the other passengers in the car and a man who was filling up a vehicle at a nearby gas station who could have witnessed the shooting.
Detectives are still working on the case, but have made no arrests or laid charges in relation to the shooting.