Family and friends renew pleas to find South Eugene graduate's killer

23-year-old Morgan Deines was found shot in her car early Friday morning in Tacoma. (Photo: Deines family)

EUGENE, Ore. – Friends and family of a South Eugene High School graduate who was killed in Tacoma last week continue to plead with law enforcement, asking them to catch the suspect.

Morgan Deines, 23, was in her car, heading west in 2900 block of North 7th Street early last Friday morning when someone shot and killed her.

"Morgan was a beautiful person, inside and out, I know sometimes she may not have seen it, but the whole world did. She was gorgeous," said Deines' friend K.C. Clark.

According to her obituary, Deines was born in Eugene and graduated from South Eugene High School in 2011. She volunteered at Food for Lane County and attended Oregon State University.

She moved to Tacoma to be with her mother.

Denies' parents spoke to KOMO on Wednesday via telephone and described their daughter as fun-loving with an almost constant smile.

They said goodbye to their daughter in a private setting on Wednesday morning.

"Someone took you from me and I don't know who. I have ideas, but I don't know who," said Clark.

Police believe someone specifically targeted Morgan inside her car, shooting her in the driver's seat.

Investigators search the scene, but so far don't have any suspects.

They too are renewing their plea for the public's help and potential witnesses to come forward.

For friends and family of the 23-year-old, the fight to find out who's responsible grows by the day.

"Always thinking about you, I know my number one priority, whether you're here or up you're up there, is that I'm gonna protect you," said Clark.

They're asking anyone with information to call police.

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