Covington shooting victim Lazuri Collins was 'vibrant, full of life'

Posted at 8:46 PM, Jul 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-01 00:24:45-04

COVINGTON, Ky. -- There should be no shortage of witnesses to the murder of Lazuri Collins, a 24-year-old mother of three who was shot at the intersection of 13th and Wheeler streets Saturday morning.

The intersection is busy, Covington police said; many people would have been passing through, just like Collins and her father had been, on their way to the Cincinnati Music Festival.

However, police said Monday they were still waiting for witnesses to come forward and help them find her killer.

"This is just senseless violence that's been going on," Haley Stowers, Collins' cousin, said Monday night.

Stowers joined dozens of Collins' family members and friends at the site of her death to remember a woman they described as a loving mother, hardworking student and dedicated worker at a local daycare.

"She was just so vibrant, so full of energy," Stowers said. "She was just a queen around here."

Antonio Collins, Lazuri's father, was also struck in the shooting and treated at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. His cousin, Dionne Stowers, said she wasn't sure what to say to him when she learned that Lazuri had died.

"I won't even pretend to act like I know what he's going through," she said. "I mean, it's not something you're prepared for."

All of Lazuri Collins' children are under 10 years old, relatives said. The very least they can hope for is that someone will help them discover who shot her.

"If you know anything, it's okay to be a witness," Haley Stowers said. "It doesn't make you a bad person; it doesn't make you a snitch."

Police said the shooter is still at large and asked anyone with information to call the Kenton County Emergency Communications Center at 859-356-3191.