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Providence Pointe shooting victim identified as FAMU grad student, former cheer captain

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Posted at 9:53 PM, Jan 26, 2022

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — One woman is dead following a shooting at the Providence Pointe Apartments on Stuckey Avenue Wednesday afternoon, according to the Tallahassee Police Department.

TPD said the shooting happened just before 5 p.m. and the woman was being treated at the hospital with life-threatening injuries before passing away later Wednesday night.

Friends say the victim is MaKayla Bryant, TPD has not released that information.

Florida A&M University released a statement Thursday mourning the loss of Bryant, a current graduate student and former cheerleading captain. She was 22 years old.

Bryant, of Chicago, entered FAMU in the fall of 2017 and graduated magna cum laude in fall 2020 with a degree in criminal justice. She was enrolled in the Community Psychology graduate program, according to the university.

While at FAMU, Bryant was a member of the cheerleading team for four years and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She captained the cheerleading team during the 2019-2020 school year.

“It’s painful to lose one of our own. We send our deepest condolences to MaKayla’s parents, relatives, and friends. This hits close to home,” said Dr. William E. Hudson Jr., vice president for Student Affairs. “Counseling and bereavement services are available for our students and employees.”

No suspects have been identified at this time and there is no danger to the public, TPD said. The department told ABC 27 that they are investigating the shooting as a homicide.

Detectives ask anyone who may have witnessed the shooting but did not speak with an officer on the scene, to please call TPD at 850-891-4200. They may also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.