The Heartbreaking Death Of Bad Girls Club Star Deshayla Harris

Deshayla Harris — most known for her time on Oxygen's Bad Girls Club was one of the victims of the Virginia Beach shootings that took place on March 26. The Virginia Beach Police department posted a press release on Twitter that revealed there were three separate shootings that happened around the same area. The 29-year-old Harris was an innocent bystander who died at the scene of the second shooting, according to The Independent. It is unclear whether the three shootings were related, but at the time of the second press update, police had charged three individuals — Ahmon Adams, Nyquez Baker, and Devon Dorsey Jr. — with "seven counts of felonious assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and reckless handling of a firearm." 


According to a Virginia Beach report, the first shooting started after a fight broke out near the Oceanfront Resort Area. This news comes in the wake of the Atlanta and Boulder, Colorado, mass shootings that happened within the same week of each other (via The New York Times). This has sparked the ongoing push for gun control legislation in the U.S. Despite having over 43,000 gun violence deaths last year alone, The Washington Post reports that there hasn't been any major gun control measures "passed in more than two decades."

Harris posted on Instagram hours before being killed

After hearing of the news of Deshayla Harris' death, former Bad Girls Club star Keyaira "Key" Hamilton posted on Instagram "rest easy Babygirl" with a tribute to Harris. Hamilton also posted in her caption that she had just talked to the fellow BGC cast member three days ago. According to TMZ, Harris was portrayed on the reality TV show as the "Firecracker Fashionista" who was known for getting into fights with other cast members. Hamilton said despite having a rift between the two, Harris "never took no for an answer" and she even supported her by showing up to Hamilton's show to "prove fixing [their] friendship meant something to [her]." 


Harris also posted two Boomerangs of herself on Instagram just hours before her death. In her caption, she wrote, "I'm only doing s*** that's gonna make me elevate." The official Twitter of Bad Girls Club also released a statement saying, "Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to Deshayla's family and loved ones."