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Teen shot, killed while walking in Lake Stevens

A teenage girl was shot and killed last Saturday night while walking with a group of friends in Lake Stevens.

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molly3SEATTLE — The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit issued a statement seeking the public’s help in locating a vehicle that may have been involved in the June 2 drive-by shooting that killed Molly Conley.

Conley, 15, was walking with a group of friends in Lake Stevens when she was struck by a bullet from a car.

Detectives said the vehicle they are looking for would have been in the area near where Conley was killed between 9 p.m. June 1 and 6 a.m. June 2. The vehicle they are looking for is a black passenger vehicle that may have front, passenger side damage. The police are asking that anyone that may have video of vehicles traveling in the area at that time contact them.

Police said that the vehicle may have been involved in other shootings that were reported around the same time that Conely was shot.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or the shooting of Molly Conley is asked to contact the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 425-388-3845.

LAKE STEVENS — Although Molly Conley wasn’t from Lake Stevens, the community held a memorial march Monday for the 15-year-old girl who was killed in a random drive-by shooting n June 1. Meanwhile, the reward for information on who killed her rose to more than $34,000.

The ninth-grader from Seattle’s Bishop Blanchet High School was celebrating her 15th birthday in Lake Stevens when she was shot by a passing car while she was walking along a road with friends.

Police said it was believed to be a dark-colored car, but they have no suspects.

Local business owner Joe Neverkewitz raised two kids in Lake Stevens and said he is raising money and guaranteeing $25,000 toward helping catch her killer. He started the Lake Stevens Community Outreach Fund at Chase Bank and is collecting donations.

The Crime Stoppers reward right now is more than $34,000 for information leading to an arrest.

“I want the killer,” Neverkewitz said. “I want him caught and behind bars where he belongs.  I do whatever I gotta do to make it happen. It’s my community. I been here a long time. I raised two kids here and it’s not gonna happen in my community.

“I gotta believe there’s been other people in the car with the shooter and I’ve got to think if that’s the life they live of popping caps and shooting kids on the side of the road that $25,000 is a lot of money, that hopefully it will be enough incentive to turn somebody in,” Neverkewitz said.

Contributors can donate to the reward fund at any Wells Fargo or Chase bank.

If anyone has  information on her killer, call crime stoppers at 1-800-222-tips.

Molly Conley’s family has set up donation points if anyone would like to donate to her memory:

1)Mary’s Place:
Mary’s Place
Molly’s Mother’s Helper Fund
PO Box 1711
Seattle, WA 98111-1711

2) VSS (Victim Support Services)
Victim Support Services
PO Box 1949, Everett, WA 98206

3) US Lacrosse Washington State
(Secure online gifts may be made to the Molly Conley Memorial through the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse)
Molly Conley Memorial Fund
8213 Overlake Drive West
Medina, WA 98039

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06/08/13

Murdered Seattle teen laid to rest

SEATTLE — In a crowded gymnasium, friends and family said goodbye to Mary Clare Conley, known lovingly as ‘Molly’.

Molly was just 15 years and one day old, celebrating her birthday with friends in Lake Stevens, when she was shot and killed. One week has passed and the shooter is still on the loose.

Reverend John Whitney presided over the service. Whitney said, “The presence of that absence is everywhere. And we will hold Molly by telling stories together.”

Molly was a straight ‘A’ student at Bishop Blanchet and an active teen. She played lacrosse, and loved the spotlight, an Irish dancer with a passion for her drama class.

The youngest of three kids, Molly’s father said he will always miss his little girl.teen shot

“Molly’s physical presence will no longer enter the room,” John Conley said. “We will not feel her embrace but that spirit she gifted us with is in this room right now. Bigger than ever.”

Molly’s brother, Johnny, shared stories of a tough sister who will always be in his heart.

“She sent me to thee ER twice,” Johnny Conley said. “One was direct and one was indirect.”

He said he will also remember Molly for her loyalty and love and reminded everyone that time with our loved ones is precious and short.

“If you love someone, you need to show your love,” Johnny said.

Molly Conley was great at school and sports, but at her best, when caring for others.

“Love is all you can give sometimes,” Johnny said. “It’s the greatest thing you can give. And Molly gave it every single day of her life. I love you, Molly.”

SEATTLE — A funeral mass has been set for Molly Conley, the 15-yer-old victim of a drive-by shooting that occurred June 1 in Lake Stevens, the Seattle Times reported.

The mass is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Bishop Blanchet High School at 8200 Wallingford Ave. N., and will be held in the school’s gym. The Times said that attendees are encouraged to carpool to the mass.

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Conley was celebrating her 15th birthday when she was shot about 11:15 p.m. Saturday while walking with friends in Lake Stevens. The shooting appears to be a random act of violence and detectives are working on locating the suspects, but so far have few leads in the case.

Conley was a 4.0 student and an active member of Seattle’s Bishop Blanchet High School — she played lacrosse and performed in drama.

American Legion Post 181 in Lake Stevens is raising money for a Crime Stoppers reward leading to the capture of the killer and charges in Molly’s murder. It has raised $1,000 so far. The coordinator is Tony Morea 360-631-3242.

Meanwhile, the Conley family suggests that, as an expression of sympathy and support and in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may made in memory of Molly to:

1) Mary’s Place:   

http://marysplaceseattle.org/support-us(online donations)

Mary’s Place

Molly’s Mother’s Helper Fund

PO Box 1711

Seattle, WA  98111-1711

2) VSS (Victim Support Services)

https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/FamiliesFriendsCopy/VSS.html

Victim Support Services

PO Box 1949, Everett, WA  98206

3) US Lacrosse Washington State

Molly Conley Memorial Fund

8213 Overlake Drive West

Medina, WA 98039

www.WashingtonHSLax.com

MARYSVILLE — Could the details of two other drive-by shootings be the key to solving a 15-year-old girl’s murder in Lake Stevens?

conley3Molly Conley, a freshman at Seattle’s Bishop Blanchet High School who was celebrating her 15th birthday, was shot dead in a random drive-by shooting as she was walking with friends in Lake Stevens Saturday night.

As part of that investigation, Snohomish County sheriff’s detectives are looking two other reported drive-by shootings in the county that night.

One happened in Marysville about three hours after Conley was shot in Lake Stevens.

“I heard five gunshots, so right away I ran and checked on my kids,” said Marysville resident Michael Cavanaugh,

One of five bullets pierced the ceiling of his children’s bedroom, missing the sleeping kids by about six feet.

“It scarred me emotionally; my kids were in that room,” said Cavanaugh.

The other bullets damaged four cars parked outside Cavanaugh’s home on 105 th Street Northeast. Since then, detectives have canvassed his house for any evidence.

“They have retrieved three of the bullets out of five,” said Cavanaugh.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office doesn’t know if the Marysville shooting is linked to Conley’s murder.  But they say they are not ruling anything out. So far it’s been a frustrating tragedy with no suspect description and no good leads.

On Tuesday, scanner audio from Saturday night’s drive-by shooting became available.

“We don’t know if it was a car that drove by, or if the shot came from the bushes; we are gonna have one black,” a police officer can be heard saying on the scanner audio. His reference to “black” meant a fatality.

Conley, a 4.0 student, was shot in the neck as she was walking with friends along South Lake Stevens Road, where there is a growing makeshift memorial.

“It’s not very safe here anymore,” said Lake Stevens resident Ryan Bentz.

Several miles away from the memorial, on 61st street, Bentz was sure he heard up to eight gunshots about 90 minutes after Conley’s shooting.

“I am pretty sure it’s not fireworks; it was way too loud, I heard pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,” said Bentz.

Meanwhile, Cavanaugh wonders if the bullets at his house will match the ones at the scene of Conley’s shooting.

Detectives were back in Lake Stevens on Tuesday with metal detectors looking for more evidence.

“Hopefully they can find the people who did this,” said Cavanaugh.

Conley was buried Tuesday. There is $1,000 reward for any tip that leads to an arrest.

SEATTLE — Students returned to Bishop Blanchet High School for the first time after hearing that a beloved classmate was killed while celebrating her 15th birthday.

molly3Students walking to Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle were carrying flowers and wearing the favorite colors of a young girl killed over the weekend.

Molly Conley, 15, was a 4.0 student and an active member of her school — she played lacrosse and performed in drama. On Saturday night, she was walking in Lake Stevens with friends when she was shot and killed in what detectives are calling a random drive-by shooting. The shooter is still at large.

Joey and Alexis Capestany will miss her in class.

“She was in my beginning acting and intermediate acting and would always just light up my day if I was sad — just made me laugh and tell me jokes. She was a kindhearted person. She’ll be missed,” he said.

“Our (acting) scene is happening in two days, basically. We don’t want to pick it up so it’s going to be weird,” Capestany said.

On Monday, students held a prayer service together at the beginning of class to honor Conley and her family.

Gabe Briggs said, “I had a few classes with her and she’s always just never about herself. She always wanted to know what was up with you. Always curious and smart and intelligent in those ways.”

“I wish I had more time to spend with her, but we were friends and she’s going to be missed by a lot of people,” Ollie Anderson said.

Faculty and staff helped students dealing with the loss.

“The message is that every single one of them is precious to us, and when we have a tragedy like this, that it affects us all deeply and we have to walk through this together,” said Antonio DeSapio, Bishop Blanchet High School president.

Molly was supposed to celebrate her birthday with family Sunday night. Instead, more than 800 people gathered to say goodbye to the teen at a vigil.

“She always smiled, she gave people smiles, and she was joyful and kind.  She had a generous spirit,” said Molly’s mother, Susan Arksey.

Her family said in a statement that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made at Bank of America to Mary Clare (Molly) Conley with “Mother’s Helper” in the subject line. Molly and her mother started the “Mother’s Helper” organization to help provide diapers, formula and clothing to mothers with babies who arrive in domestic violence shelters in Seattle.

Meanwhile, the Snohomish County Sheriff Major Crimes Unit has taken over the murder investigation, but detectives have few leads and little to say.

“We don’t have any reason to believe there is additional danger to the public, but we’re working on the investigation, which will take time,” spokeswoman Shari Ireton said.

molly3SEATTLE — Students at  Bishop Blanchet High School took time to remember former classmate Molly Conley Monday morning, a few days after she was shot and killed in what appeared to be a random act of violence.

Monday services at the school followed a prayer service Sunday meant to honor Conley, who many say was an amazing student and could light up a room.

“She was really nice and its going to be a sad day without, she was in by beginning acting and intermediate acting and she would always light up my day if i was sad and make me laugh and tell me jokes but she was just a kind- hearted person and she will be missed,”Joey Capestany, a ninth grader, said Sunday.

Conley was celebrating her 15th birthday with friends in Lake Stevens around 11 p.m. Saturday night when authorities said her and a friend were walking along South Lake Stevens Road. In a random act of violence, someone drove toward the group in a black SUV and shot into the group. Conley was struck in the neck and died from her injuries. Other members of the group were uninjured.

Conley was described as the heart of the school.

“Our time with Molly at Bishop Blanchet High School was a blessing for us,” Antonio DeSapio, president of Bishop Blanchet, said. “She gave her all to this community. She was a 4.0 student and an active member of sports, and drama, and basically everything we had to offer here at Bishop Blanchet High School. We will deeply, deeply miss her.”

Police are still searching for suspects in .

SEATTLE  — Molly Conley, a ninth-grader at Seattle’s Bishop Blanchet High School, was killed in a random drive-by shooting Saturday night while walking down a road in Lake Stevens with friends who were celebrating her 15th birthday, authorities said Sunday.

molly3“She was the victim of a drive-by shooting near Lake Stevens, a terrible act of random violence,” Antonio DeSapio, president of Bishop Blanchet, a private Catholic high school, said on the school website Sunday afternoon. “Several of her classmates were with her when this happened.”

Shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday, Lake Stevens police responded to 911 calls of a drive-by shooting along South Lake Stevens Road. When they got there, they found Molly Conley fatally shot in the neck. She was with friends celebrating her 15th birthday, believed to have been on Friday.

A nearby resident, Dean Jones, went outside and saw the aftermath. “That’s pretty sad. It was her birthday and that’s just wrong,” Jones said.

A freshman and active student at Bishop Blanchet High in Seattle, Molly was described as the heart of the school.

Outside of the high school late Sunday, DeSapio said, “Our time with Molly at Bishop Blanchet High School was a blessing for us. She gave her all to this community. She was a 4.0 student and an active member of sports, and drama, and basically everything we had to offer here at Bishop Blanchet High School. We will deeply, deeply miss her.”

Friends and family gathered at Our Lady of Fatima Parish for a candlelight vigil Sunday night — a time initially set aside to celebrate Molly’s birthday but which became a time of mourning for those who knew and loved her.

DeSapio said, “Our school will be open (Monday). We will have trained professionals on our staff available to be with our students, to pray with them, to talk with them, to walk with them through this tragic and horrible situation.”

Lake Stevens police said there were reports in the usually quiet area 36 miles northeast of Seattle of other drive-by shootings, but those only resulted in property damage. Investigators are trying to determine if the shootings were related.

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Molly Conley (Photo: Facebook)

LAKE STEVENS — Molly Conley, a ninth grader at Seattle’s Bishop Blanchet High School, was shot and killed Saturday night while walking with a group of friends in Lake Stevens, the school said Sunday.

The Bishop Blanchet High School website confirmed the girl’s identity and circumstances of the shooting.

“She was the victim of a drive-by shooting near Lake Stevens, a terrible act of random violence,” the website said. “Several of her classmates were with her when this happened.”

A special prayer service was to be held at Our Lady of Fatima Church at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the site said.

Earlier, the Lake Stevens police released a news release that said at about 11:18 p.m., the Lake Stevens Police Department received  several 911 calls about a possible drive-by shooting in the area of South Lake Stevens and South Davies Road.

The news release said only that “an unresponsive female victim” was found in the 10600 block of South Lake Stevens Road.

The girl died at the scene, interim Police Chief Dan Lorentzen told the Seattle Times. No one else was injured.

“While detectives investigate the incident, they are also looking into numerous other possible drive-by shootings that came into the 911 center throughout the region” Saturday night, the news release said. “These additional shootings appear to only have resulted in property damage. It is not clear at this time if the additional calls are related but detectives are continuing to investigate those calls.”

Lake Stevens police were working with Marysville police and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.

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