Police continue search for Tacoma drive-by killer


by MEG COYLE / KING 5 News


Posted on February 9, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 9 at 8:39 PM

TACOMA, Wash. - Tacoma police interviewed witnesses, looked into potential leads, but still haven't found the person who opened fire on a car at a red light, killing the young driver inside.

Two days after the crime, police aren't saying much because they still don't know much.

As for Camille Love's family? They want everyone to know whom the world has lost.

Paul Sjunnesen has always been proud of his granddaughter. He'll brag to anyone who will listen about Cami's infectious personality and her uncanny ability to inspire others. But it's the last thing he wants to do today. It's just too painful.

"Her kindergarten teacher said she was the sweetest girl she'd ever had. And everywhere she'd go, that's the answer you'd get," he said.

Today there's a small memorial at 56th and Portland Avenue. It's where Cami and her brother were shot by a man in a stolen white minivan as they waited at the stop light Sunday night. There were no words exchanged, nothing. Cami died at the scene.

Her brother is recovering from gunshot wounds to his arm.

But the emotional wounds? Those may never heal. Cami and her brother come from a military family. They moved around a lot as kids and were very close. Always being "the new kids" in a school bonded them even closer.

"They were only one year apart so they always had each other, so that's who they were. Always together," says Paul Sjunnesen.

Tacoma Police say the intersection where the two were shot is a hot spot for eastside gang activity. They're looking into that, but the victims appear to have been truly innocent in all of this. That's what is so hard for Cami's family.

"I always said when I talked with her, I miss you dear and I love you. And she'd say, I love you too, Grandpa," says Sjunnesen.

Detectives plan to scour the stolen minivan tomorrow for evidence. The funeral for Camille Love will be held in Tacoma. A date has not yet been set.