CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – One teenage girl was killed while another was wounded in a double shooting outside a home in Cambridge Sunday night.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports.

Sixteen-year-old Charlene Holmes and 17-year-old Tanya Lee Cotto were shot while they were sitting on a porch at a residence on Willow Street just after 8 p.m.

Police say the girls had stopped to say hi to a couple on the porch when a drive-by shooter opened fire.

“She was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Holmes’ father Roland Holmes said as he choked back tears.

Both victims were taken to the hospital, where Holmes was pronounced dead. Cotto is in critical condition.

More than 200 people turned out for a vigil at the scene where Holmes was shot and killed. They were mostly young people, friends of Charlene’s, and speaker after speaker pleaded with them to come forward with information.

“I saw my daughter dying on this sidewalk. She died in my arms,” said Roland Holmes. “I’m asking for your help. Please help me.”

Holmes was a student at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Cotto, meanwhile, was set to graduate from the school on Thursday.

“It’s a tragedy… day in and day out, police are called because of this building. Kids hanging out drinking, drugging,” said Cheryl, a neighbor.

Cambridge police officers are handing out flyers in the neighborhood asking anyone with information to pass it along.

No arrests have been made.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson contributed to this report.


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