July 10, 2024

USA: Church's Chicken Employee Shot To Death When She Went Outside To Take A Break After Altercation With Customer Over Food Order. Police Need Help Capturing Killer. Any Leads Helpful.

UPDATE 7/12/24 at 6:47pm: Added info below.

a warrant has been issued for her arrest. (emphasis mine)
WREG News Channel published July 12, 2024:Search continues for woman wanted in Church's Chicken shooting.

UPDATE 7/12/24 at 5:23pm: Added video below.
Thank God for Fox13 news station that did the work of the Memphis detectives. Now let's pray the police catch this woman. (emphasis mine)
FOX13 Memphis pubilshed July 12, 2024: Suspect in Church's Chicken murder had violent past, records show. Monica Williams, the woman suspected of killing a Church's Chicken employee Monday night, was convicted of a violent assault twenty years ago.

We don't have a gun problem. We have a lack of self-control problem. (emphasis mine)
FOX13 Memphis published July 10, 2024: 'I just want my momma': Family of murdered Church's Chicken employee speaks. 'I HOPE YOU ROT IN HELL': FOX13 spoke to the family of a Church's Chicken employee who, police said, was shot and killed after a dispute over a food order.
WREG News Channel published July 9, 2024: Church's Chicken employee shot to death outside restaurant. An employee at Church's Chicken was fatally shot outside the restaurant Monday night, Memphis Police say.

Fox13 News, Memphis, TN local
written by Daniel Wilkerson
Tuesday July 9, 2024

MEMPHIS, Tennessee - FOX13 learned Tuesday that the employee gunned down at the Church's Chicken on Park Avenue was 48-year-old Anitra West.

"I just want my momma. I don't want anyone else but my mom," said 12-year-old Zoe West, the daughter of the murdered woman.

Police said they are looking for a woman in connection with the murder. They said the woman had purple hair and drove a teal-colored SUV to the drive-thru window where they said an argument ensued over a food order.

Police said West went outside to get some air when witnesses reported hearing a gunshot. Officers said the woman then sped off in the SUV.

"The circumstances surrounding it make it even worse... a chicken place? Not over chicken. Self-control should be everyone's goal these days," said Loranzo West, Zoe's father. Loranzo said he and the mother had been married for 13 years when they divorced two years ago.

"Sweetest person in the world, never met a stranger," West said, referring to the victim. "But like most people if you wronged her, they're going to protect themselves, but it was all bark no bite."

West said the victim loved to cook, and she loved being of service to people.

He said there is a lesson to be learned from this tragic incident.

"Read the audience. Don't let your emotions get the best of you. Be in control of you. If you're in control of you, nine times out of 10, you control the situation to a certain extent," West said.

The victim's daughter had a message for the killer.

"I hope you rot in hell when you die and I hope you don't ever get to see your kids ever again," Zoe West said.

WREG3 News, Memphis, TN local
written by Lawrencia Grose, and Jerrita Patterson
Tuesday July 9, 2024

MEMPHIS, Tenn — An employee at Church’s Chicken was fatally shot outside the restaurant Monday night, Memphis Police say.

At around 9 p.m., officers responded to a shooting at Church’s Chicken at 2963 Park Avenue in Orange Mound.

Police say the female employee was working when a woman with purple hair came through the drive-thru and they began arguing.

The woman, who was driving a teal-colored SUV, drove off the lot; the victim walked outside to get some air.

A few moments later a gunshot was heard and the teal-colored SUV was seen on video speeding off the parking lot. According to MPD, the victim was found outside of the business.

No arrest has been made.

A spokesperson with Church’s Texas Chicken said the employee had been with the company for about a year. They sent this statement:

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our team members. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their family during this difficult time. We are working closely with the Memphis Police Department on their ongoing investigation and we ask that if you have any information, please contact www.crimestopmem.org immediately. Our location at 2963 Park Avenue will be closed for the next few days as we address the needs of the victim’s family and our team members.”

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.

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