A DANCER from the renowned studio Dollhouse Dance Factory was shot dead over the weekend, just hours before her second cousin was gunned down in another shooting outside a hospital, the teen’s mother revealed.
Dionna McCord told The US Sun she was “torn” after losing her daughter Dy’Sheae Hall, 16, and her cousin Vincent Parks Jr., 32, in two separate shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday night.
“I didn’t have time to process anything,” Dionna, 37, said through tears during a phone interview on Tuesday.
“I’m just trying to keep it together as best as I can, but I’ve been completely torn apart … I didn’t just lose my daughter [but] I also lost my cousin who I grew up with and we were very close.”
Dy’Sheae, a member of the dance group Ms. D’s Dancing Dolls, was shot dead outside a Kroger convenience store on Flat Shoals Parkway at 7:46 p.m. Sunday.
The fatal shooting erupted in the store’s parking lot after Dy’Sheae and a 17-year-old friend got involved in an argument with two others.
The 17-year-old friend, later identified as Javonte Wood, was also shot and has been in critical condition as of Tuesday.
Just hours later, another shooting broke out outside the nearby Grady Memorial Hospital, where members of Dy’Sheae’s family were still mourning her death.
Investigators say the shooting happened near the emergency room and stemmed from an argument between family members of one of the victims.
Vincent Parks Jr., Dy’Sheae’s second cousin, was pronounced dead at the scene. A second person, whose name is not given, suffered life-threatening injuries.
Dionna told The US Sun she was “not free” to discuss what happened, citing an ongoing investigation, but said she wasn’t sure what sparked the dispute and who was responsible for the shooting .
“I was inside when it happened,” Dionna said. “I was just told there was a commotion outside and bullets were flying.
“I don’t know why nobody got shot or anything because I wasn’t out there.
“I was in the hospital and it was on lockdown at the time.”
Investigators are currently searching for multiple suspects in connection with the deaths of Dy’Sheae and Parks Jr.
The two shootings are being investigated as separate incidents.
No suspects have been identified in Hall’s death, but police on Monday released surveillance photos of two men whom they believe may be of interest in the case.
After the shooting, the couple reportedly fled the scene in a white sedan and drove south of Flake Mill Road.
Three suspects are currently wanted in connection with the Grady Hospital shooting, including two who fled the scene on foot.
Everyone involved was from the same family, Atlanta Deputy Police Commissioner Charles Hampton told reporters at a news conference at the scene.
However, it’s unclear if the suspects are related to Dy’Sheae or Wood.
“What we do know is that the incident started in DeKalb County and some family members of that incident showed up outside Grady’s ER,” Hampton said.
“There was an argument which then escalated to gunfire.”
A LIVING NIGHTMARE
As investigations into both incidents continue, a tearful Dionna said she was struggling to come to terms with the double tragedy, insisting the ordeal felt like some kind of twisted dream she couldn’t wake up from.
“We’re all just trying to understand what happened,” Dionna said.
“It’s just one of those things that feels like you’re living a dream, but unfortunately it’s very, very real; this is our reality now.
“It really hits you when you’re home knowing you’re not getting calls, Facetimes or texts from your kid anymore.”
Dionna, who became pregnant with Dy’Sheae when she was just 19, had an incredibly close bond with her daughter.
She said it was incredibly difficult to break the news to Dy’Sheae’s 10-year-old sister that the avid performer and aspiring nurse would not be returning home.
“We had this open relationship where she could say anything to me and I would be there for her… It was us against the world,” Dionne said of Dy’Sheae.
“I’ve always made sure she has the best of everything. She was the humblest child and grateful for everything you did for her.
“I’ve always been so close to my girls and my youngest daughter was such a huge Dy’Sheae fan, so she was always sitting right next to me and supporting her in everything she did.
“We just cuddle together now and she keeps me going because she knows sometimes I’m not the strongest.”
“SO MANY PLANS”
Dy’Sheae was due to start her senior year of high school this fall and hoped to become a registered nurse after graduating from college.
Dionna broke down in tears, describing her daughter as the “life of the party” and a selfless and caring person who wouldn’t hesitate to give anyone the shirt off her own back.
“We had so many plans for her,” Dionna said, her voice cracking with emotion.
“She always had these great, bright ideas for the things she wanted to do.
“She’s always been the happy life of the party guy. She was never sad…she always tried to be there for everyone, like she’s going to help you in any way she can.”
Brionna added: “She was always just in a good mood, she loved to make love and loved to take care of people.
“She also had such a good relationship with my cousin [Parks Jr]. He controlled her the whole time.”
For the past three years, Dy’Sheae has performed with the acclaimed studio Dollhouse Dance Factory, founded by coach Dianna Williams.
The troupe was featured in the Lifetime television series Bring It!, which aired between 2015 and 2018.
Williams was the first to confirm the news of Dy’Sheae’s death in a post on Instagram, in which she recalled the teen as a “fearless” leader who “always encouraged her sisters and motivated everyone.”
SECOND DANCER LOST BY SHUNTING
Speaking to The US Sun, Williams said everyone at the Dollhouse was devastated by the news of Dy’Sheae’s death.
“The dollhouse is just trying to put one foot in front of the other and pick up the pieces,” Williams said.
“All my dancers are like my children. I feel like all parents, I feel confusion, sadness, anger and devastation, but I also try to remember the happy times instead of holding on to the negative.
“I’ve known Dy’Sheae for three years. I watched her grow up before my eyes and she was just there [at the studio] last Wednesday.
“That was the last time we saw her. And four days later, who would have thought something like this would be possible.”
Dy’Sheae died months after Shakira Gatlin, a former member of the force, was shot dead in February.
19-year-old Shakira was fatally shot at a home in Jackson, Mississippi.
The teenager was shot in the head after an underage man “mishandled a gun,” police say.
Williams said the loss of two members of her squad to gunfire in just a few short months was nothing short of devastating.
The esteemed trainer, who founded Dollhouse Dance Factory 21 years ago, said the deaths of the two girls were a tragic reminder of the widespread gun violence epidemic currently sweeping the United States.
“None of these girls were troubled teenagers,” Williams said. “They were great students, great kids.
“They would never be involved in anything like that or any problems.
“The way they passed is eerily similar and the loss of children to violence is just too great right now.
“Personally, I’m broken, angry, confused, hurt and stuck.
“You don’t know what to do. Nobody is immune from death, but you just expect them to outlive you – you don’t expect to bury them.
“We’ve looked forward to seeing her go to prom, go to college, get married and have babies… I have a big vision for what I’m doing with Dollhouse Dance, and that’s not a part of it.”
“The vision is to watch them conquer their every dream.”
Williams added, “Shakira went somewhere; Dyshea went somewhere.
“Both were helpful and in great spirits, they had the biggest smiles and they were good people.
“I am a mother. I can’t even imagine my child going to the cinema or school and not coming back.
“So I put myself in my parents’ shoes and I’m like, ‘Oh shit.’
“Because we can’t put these kids in a bubble… but you’re scared if they ride the school bus they’ll get shot? Or will they be shot if they go to a supermarket?
“Something has to change.”
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