Family pleads for help solving daughter’s death

DENVER -- A family is pleading with the community to help find their daughter’s killer.

It’s been nearly one year since 15-year-old Kashmier Lujan-Taylor was shot inside her family’s home while she was sleeping.

The Metro Denver Crime Stoppers reward for information leading to an arrest has been increased to $3,000. The family said they’re desperate for closure.

“I just miss her so much,” Kashmier’s mother, Tanya Hemmings, said. “She never left my sight. Never. She was always there for me no matter what,” Hemmings said.

Hemmings said Kashmier was always willing to help take her younger brothers to school and cook them dinner.

“Anything to make it easy for me. She loved her little brothers,” Hemmings said.

Just after 3 a.m. on May 3, Kashmier was asleep in her bedroom, along with the rest of the family, when the Denver Police Department said a suspect opened fire on the west Denver fourplex near West Alameda Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard.

“Sleeping in her home where she’s supposed to be safe,” Hemmings said.

Sixteen bullets ripped through walls, shattered windows and doors. Police said they don’t think the shooting was random.

“Someone was after her brother, but at the time, I don’t think they cared who they hurt,” Hemmings said.

With each day that passes without answers, the family fears Kashmier’s case will turn cold. They’re determined to get justice.

“Until the person’s caught, I will never stop. I don’t want nobody to forget. She was too special,” Hemmings said. “Somebody’s walking around here and they took my daughter’s life. I just want closure.”

Police said it's still an active investigation, but at this point, they have no suspect leads.

Anyone with information is asked to call 720-913-7867.