All Shantell Pollard wanted to do was sing like Mary Mary and be a make-up artist and a model.
It was a dream the Thibodaux, Louisiana native remained dedicated to achieving as she had good grades in high school.
That dream halted on October 31, 2017, minutes before Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Department responded to Park Avenue around 10 p.m. When police arrived,, they found Pollard in the passenger seat of an SUV with a gunshot wound to the head, reported Houma-Today.
Soon, first responders rushed the victim to Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, where Pollard’s mother, LauraLee Pollard, was already waiting.
It was less than an hour before the incident when LauraLee had waved to her daughter. Pollard’s friends had been at their home to pick her up for a Halloween get-together at Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Then, her friends needed to make one stop to drop off their children before embarking on the trip.
However, they never made it out of Thibodaux.
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Later, the 19-year-old Pollard was transferred to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, where doctors were able to revive her twice. However, six days after the shooting, Pollard died from her injuries.
“The doctor came to talk to us and took us into a room. He said that Shantell had been shot in the head. She died twice on the table and they brought her back. Once he told me the bullet went in her head and she died instantly, I knew the organs were going to be used,” said LauraLee, according to Project Cold Case.
To date, the motive for the killing remains unclear, and authorities have made no arrest.
If anyone has any information that would blow this case wide open, please contact the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 448-2111.
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