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Loved Ones Hold Rally for 18-Year-Old Woman Struck and Killed by Stray Bullet

Friends and family held a rally Monday for a teen girl who was struck and killed by a stray bullet while she was on a front porch in Philadelphia over the weekend.

The Philadelphia Anti-Violence Coalition (PAVC) held a press conference and rally on the 300 block of North Salford Street at 6 p.m. Monday in honor of 18-year-old Nadje Steedly.

Steedly was outside on a porch on the 400 block of N. Salford Street around 11:30 p.m. Saturday when at least one gunman opened fire. Steedly was struck in the chest. She was taken to Penn Presbyterian Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Taleah Taylor, a friend of Steedly's and one of the organizers of Monday's rally, told NBC10 she was planning on starting her own business shortly before her death.

"She was a wonderful young girl," Taylor said. "She had a bright future. She was determined to turn her life around. So I was determined to make sure everybody came here and honored her today." 

Police say the shooting was sparked by an argument by several men nearby. They have not released a detailed description of any suspects however and no arrests have been made. Taylor urged anyone with information on the shooting to come forward.

"Have the courage to speak up for this young woman," Taylor said. "Somebody have the courage. You can do it anonymously. At least have the courage to speak up for her." 

If you have any information on the shooting, please call Philadelphia Police.

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