2 Teens Indicted in Halloween Party Slaying of N.Y. Woman, 20, Who Was Advocate for Mental Health
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Two New York state teenagers are charged with the murder of a 20-year-old woman who was shot at a Halloween party when bullets were fired into a closed garage door.
On October 17, Cheyenne Farewell of Medina died en route to hospital after two teenagers, aged 16 and 17, allegedly fired eight rounds of a gun through a door on the side of a garage at a house on 43 S. Niagara Street in Lockport, The Buffalo News, WIVB, and the Niagara Gazette report.
Five other people, aged 15 to 21, were wounded.
The farewell was not part of an apparent dispute that allegedly led to the shootings, Niagara District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek said Orleanshub.com reported.
"She was just in the wrong place at the wrong time," said Wojtaszek.
The suspects were arrested on October 20 and charged with second degree murder and criminal possession of a second degree weapon.
An adult, Jonathan Frey, 21, from Lockport, was arrested in connection with the shooting. According to the public prosecutor's office, he is accused of having obstructed criminal prosecution in the first degree because of his "involvement in the criminal offenses," reports the WGRZ.
Frey is a level 3 sex offender and is being held in Niagara County Jail on obstructive charges, reports The Buffalo News.
Bail is not allowed since he faces a probation officer, reports The Buffalo News.
It is unclear whether he made a plea.
The juveniles are held in a juvenile detention center in lieu of $ 500,000 bail.
On Tuesday they were charged with an additional charge charge. Both are charged with second degree murder. four first-degree attacks; five second-degree attacks; and a reckless first degree endangerment count.
The 17-year-old faces two cases of criminal possession of a second-degree weapon.
The 16-year-old is faced with a count of criminal possession of a second-degree weapon.
She pleaded not guilty.
A representative from the Niagra County's Office of Public Defender's Office said he was unable to comment due to the age of the defendants.
A Frey attorney did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's requests for comment.
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As the suspects await their next court date, Farewell's family grieves.
A mental health advocate, Farewell worked to become a therapist as a student at the College of Brockport.
"Her life's work wanted to reach people who needed help," reports her mother, Rochelle Horner, WIVB.
"The only thing she really wanted to do when she decided to switch major to become a therapist was to work with downtown kids," Horner told the point of sale. "It always hurt her - and she had a lot of friends in this boat who couldn't afford a therapist. They're expensive."
She said her daughter had forgiven the suspect.
"I know now that she wouldn't just forgive them. She would worry if they were okay, if they were hurt, if they went through something as kids that made them turn to this type of life . "
Her mother says she too forgives the suspect.
"I'm in a place where I want to forgive them. I forgive them. I agree," said Horner.
A GoFundMe has been set up to cover funeral expenses.
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