Neighbors and friends Sunday mourned the death of Faja Perry, a 28-year-old Buffalo woman killed in a double shooting over the weekend on the city’s East Side. She was the mother of five young children whom they said she adored.
The 2½-story home at 30 Chester St., where Perry lived in an apartment with her children, was silent Sunday – the porch scattered with toys and strollers.
A bullet hole through a first-floor front window was the only sign of trouble, along with a stray snippet of yellow crime tape tied to the black fence post next to the driveway.
By Sunday afternoon, a heart-shaped shrine of candles had been placed on the sidewalk in front of the faded peach-colored frame house. Tied to a porch post were several stuffed bears saying “I Love You,” and white balloons and artificial flowers in memory of Perry.
A few friends and a neighbor across the street stared in disbelief at the home where Perry had been killed.
Another woman who was with Perry at the time, Simone Dixon, 31, also of Buffalo, was hurt in the shooting, and has been discharged after treatment at Erie County Medical Center.
Police continued to investigate the shooting in the home on Chester, near Woodlawn Avenue.
Homicide detectives say the double shooting that occurred just before 1 a.m. Saturday did not appear to be random.
Two of Perry’s friends described her as a “good, loving person” and caring mother who would do anything to help someone out.
Those who knew Perry said she had lived on Chester for about a year.
Juan Jeffries, who lives across the street from Perry’s home, said he heard a loud boom early Saturday morning that awakened him but he had fallen back asleep and didn’t learn what happened until much later that morning.
“I’m very sad about it. This is a senseless crime and it has to stop,” said Jeffries, who said he helped to do fun things with Perry’s children and helped them with their bicycles. The children range in age from 12 to a 1-year-old.
Those who knew Perry suspect the shooting may have stemmed from domestic issues with a father to some of her children, but police have not made any arrests.
It is the first shooting that Jeffries can recall on the street. He said he never heard any shouting or arguing involving Perry since she moved in.