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Police Seek Motive, Shooter
Friends of a 21-year-old Hartford woman found fatally shot Sunday in a car outside her Cornwall Street home described her as a ``beautiful person'' who didn't appear to be having trouble with anyone in her life.
Asher Glace, of 470 Cornwall St., was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds about 4:30 a.m., police said. Her mother, Sandra Elliott, found Glace in the driver seat of a Honda Accord in the driveway.
Police did not name any suspects Sunday, but said they don't believe the shooting was random.
Friends and family members gathered at the home of Glace, who lived in the single-family house with her mother and her brother.
Glace's family is from St. Lucia, an island in the Caribbean. Friends said they moved to Connecticut more than 10 years ago.
Glace worked as a nursing assistant at Harborside Healthcare in West Hartford and as a waitress at the Bristol Bar and Grill at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Hartford. Her friend, Marsha Reid of Hartford, said Glace was going to Goodwin College in East Hartford for a nursing degree. She took the current semester off, but planned to go back for the following semester, Reid said.
Reid said she spoke to Glace Saturday about 9 p.m. Glace told her she was going to New York City with some friends and asked Reid if she wanted to join them. Reid, who had to work, didn't go. It wasn't until Sunday morning that she learned Glace and her friends decided not to go. Reid said she thinks Glace went home soon after she saw her.
When she heard Sunday what happened to her friend, Reid said, ``my stomach dropped.''
``She was just a beautiful girl, a beautiful person,'' she said. ``She had so much kindness, so much light. Just remarkable.'' Reid said she couldn't imagine who would want to hurt Glace.
Christina White, who worked with Glace at the Bristol Bar and Grill, said Glace had the day off Saturday and was scheduled to work Sunday.
``I was expecting to see her today,'' she said, standing on the deck of the Glace home. In the three months Glace worked at the restaurant, she received glowing employee reports and was well-liked by customers, White said.
For most of the day, friends and family filed in and out of the Glace home. Flowers and two framed photographs of Glace sat on a table in the driveway.
Some in the area said Sunday they were surprised by the shooting; it's always been a quiet neighborhood.
``She was lovely, very outgoing,'' said a neighbor, who did not give her name.She never saw any indication that Glace was having trouble with anyone in her life. ``Anytime you saw her, she was by herself,'' she said.
Police, who described Glace as a ``law-abiding citizen,'' said the shooting did not appear to be random, in part because it occurred in her driveway.
It looks like the shooter may have been someone who knew Glace, police said.
Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call 860-757-4250 or 860-527-8477.
The Cornwall street shooting was the second homicide in the city in less than 24 hours, and the third in the city since Friday. Police late Sunday said a person was shot and killed at 630 Garden St. just before 9:30 p.m.
Police are also still investigating the fatal shooting of a 26-year-old man early Friday.