Police are still investigating the shooting and have not discovered a motive or identified a suspect.
The Huffington Post reported that the woman was discovered unconscious and suffering from gunshot wounds in the trunk. By the time medics arrived, she was gone.
Residents around the area, 800 block of Adrian Street, SE, heard gunshots and saw a raging fire but did not see any suspects. There was reportedly screaming as Lewis tried to escape the flaming vehicle.
About an hour before she was discovered, her friend 27-year-old Armani Niko Coles of northwest D.C., was pushed out of a car about two miles away from her. They were childhood friends and he was pronounced dead once authorities and medics arrived.
“It’s tragic,” said Lewis’ grandfather William Sharp. “Loss for words on it. She didn’t deserve it.”
Sharp helped raise Lewis after her father was murdered in 2006. When Lewis was 11 years old, her mother died of a brain aneurysm — leaving her in the care of her grandparents.
Many Twitter users have speculated that there has been foul play that connects both murders. Lewis’ sexuality was also rarely mentioned in reports leading others to believe that Lewis’ story has been pushed aside because of bias toward butch lesbian women and has not received the proper attention it deserves.