Gun violence is always a grim reality of life in the United States. Recently, a daughter of Malaysian immigrants who moved to the U.S had fallen victim to it just because she was driving back home at night.
According to a local newspaper The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), 25-year-old Carmen Cai Yi Lee was shot and killed in a small city outside of Atlanta, Georgia just one week before her birthday, while driving home from a friend’s barbecue.
Police stated that an officer noticed Lee’s car pulled over on the road at around 9.30 pm on 29 May. When the officer checked the vehicle, he found Lee unresponsive in the driver’s seat.
Responding officers then began rendering aid, and in the course of doing so, discovered that Lee had suffered a gunshot wound. She was confirmed dead on the scene.
Police are appealing for information on the case that might help them in the ongoing investigation into Lee’s death. Although, police told Lee’s family that it was a case of “wrong time wrong place”.
AJC reported that there have been at least 30 shootings so far in 2021 on roads in metro Atlanta and the surrounding counties. 10 people, including Lee, died after being shot while driving or riding in cars.
Investigators said that many of the cases have been attributed to road rage and that the majority of road shootings remain unsolved.
Lee’s parents had immigrated from Malaysia to the U.S. before she was born and as the oldest of three children, she was dedicated to being a role model to her younger brothers as well as a pillar of support for her parents. She has been described as “the most gentle soul” and “selfless”.
Rest in peace, Lee.