Italia Marie Kelly Bio, Wiki
Italia Marie Kelly is a 22-year-old Iowa woman was killed in an apparently random shooting while leaving a George Floyd protest in Davenport — one of two fatal shootings reported overnight during demonstrations in the city on Sunday, May 31st.
Kelly is biracial and went by the last name Impinto.
Police in eastern Iowa say a Davenport officer was shot in an ambush while patrolling an area were protests over police killings of black people were being held, and that two other shooting deaths with one being Italia’s occurred in the city during the chaos.
She was Leaving the Protest with a Friend
Italia Marie Kelly was leaving the protest with a friend around midnight Sunday when she was struck from the back by a bullet and collapsed near a local Walmart, according to her aunt.
Police said she was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
“She was always smiling, always laughing,” aunt Amy Hale said. “That’s why it’s so sad that she was taken in such a violent way.”
“That is not Italia,” she said. “She was the bright, bubbly big personality in the room.” Kelly had decided to leave the demonstrations when it became unruly, her aunt said.
Police said dozens of protesters had gathered at the North Park Mall earlier on Sunday, and later fanned out in cars, damaging property and firing guns — including the shooting of an occupied police cruiser around 3 a.m. Monday.
Police Chief Paul Sikorski said at least one of the officers in the cruiser returned fire. A vehicle fleeing the scene crashed during a police chase and several people were taken into custody, but no charges have been announced.
The second gunshot victim, who was not identified, was found nearby, but police have not determined if he was struck by a police bullet, the chief said.
“All of the things that we responded to throughout the night were acts of violence,” Sikorski said.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is now investigating the shootings, and two Davenport police officers have been placed on administrative leave, Sikorski said.
Davenport Mayor Statment
Mayor Mike Matson said he attended a peaceful protest Saturday with hundreds of people outraged by the death of Floyd, a black man killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis. But he said the violence that began late Sunday was unacceptable and he praised officers from neighboring towns for assistance.
“They put a great response to this terrible act that was being perpetrated by people who did not want to honor George Floyd,” he said.
Sikorski said the trouble began late Sunday with disturbances around NorthPark Mall, where more than 100 vehicles gathered. By early Monday, police had responded to 45 serious disturbance calls, including dozens of shots fired, he said.