Vigil held for woman shot in East Colfax motel

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DENVER -- A vigil was held Sunday for a  23-year old woman who was killed after a shooting inside a Denver motel.

Police responded to a call for help after the shooting just after 3 a.m. in the the 8300 block of East Colfax Avenue.

The victim was identified as 23-year-old Quinasia Russell. The family said Russell was shot and killed at the Airway Motel.

Police are looking for Brent M. Kelley as a suspect in the killing.

(Photo: Denver police/Crime Stoppers)

(Photo: Denver police/Crime Stoppers)

Russell's family said they aren't sure why she was at the motel overnight but they said she didn't deserve to die.

The police presence outside the motel lasted into Saturday afternoon as dozens of people stood around the police cars and crime scene tape blocking off the parking lot and rooms.

“People not waking up, people not seeing that it’s real.  This is real life, this is not play,” said Debra Gooley, the victim’s cousin.

On the corner, family and friends consoled the victim’s heartbroken mother who they said she had just learned her daughter was killed.

“Naynay was a straight-up person.  She would give it to you straight.  She didn't hold no punches.  She was straight up.  But she loved hard,” Gooley said.

Gooley said Russell was found shot to death in one of the motel rooms just before 3 a.m. SAturday.

“She’s yet to live her life and it was cut down, and for what?  For somebody over hatred, over jealousy?  Over what?" Gooley asked.

Witnesses said at least one man was seen fleeing the room.

“It’s sickening because people are running around here taking lives like they have lives to give back,” Gooley said.

Surveillance cameras posted around the motel might provide some leads. But the family said CCTV is not all her killer should worry about.

“You're not running away because her blood is on your hands and God sees all and you will have to answer,” Gooley said.

Police and those who loved Quinasia are asking anyone with information to come forward.

"We have one dead female.  I think people are going care. If you have any information about what happened here, if somebody is talking about it, please let us know,”  Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said.

"If you know, you need to turn them in.  Cause if you're dead and your mama is on the corner crying, you would want somebody to do the same for you,” Gooley said

Anyone with information is asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for funeral expenses.