A Texas mother who was about to watch her son join the US Naval Academy died after she was hit by a stray bullet outside an Annapolis hotel earlier this week.
Michelle Cummings, 57, from Houston, had driven to Annapolis with her husband Leonard to drop their son Leonard 'Trey' Cummings off at the US Naval Academy for his first year in what they believed would be the 'proudest moment of their lives'.
Mrs Cummings and her husband, known as 'Truck', were on the patio of The Graduate Hotel when shots rang out at around 12.20am on Tuesday and Mrs Cummings was hit by a stray bullet, Fox News reported.
The mother was not the intended target of the shooting and police believe the shots travelled a distance before striking the victim.
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Michelle Cummings (pictured with son Trey and husband Truck), 57, from Houston, was shot by a stray bullet outside The Graduate Hotel in Annapolis at around 12.40pm on Tuesday
Floods of Ms Cumming's devastated friends and family have been paying tribute to her, while her son Trey simply wrote on Twitter 'why' following his mother's death.
The FBI and the AFT have offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest for those responsible for the mother's murder.
Rachel Byrd, acting special agent in charge of the FBI's Baltimore Field Office, said: 'We not only owe it to the victim and her family, but we owe it to the entire community to see that anyone responsible for her death is not allowed to walk away.'
Governor Hogan says the state of Annapolis were adding another $10,000 reward, while Metro Crime Stoppers also announced an additional $2,000 reward.
Shawna Moore, whose son Marcus grew up with Trey, told Fox News' The Story that it feels like a 'bad dream' and said she has been trying to console the family after their loss.
Ms Moore said she had spoken to the 'excited' mother over the phone just one day earlier, jokingly gloating that she was sitting with Ms Moore's son, who hadn't been home in a few weeks while at the Naval Academy.
Ms Cummings and her husband Leonard were dropping their son Leonard 'Trey' (all pictured) off at the Naval Academy in what they believed would be the 'proudest moment of their lives'
She continued: 'She knew how much I was missing him [her son], so she Facetimed me so I could see my son. She was giving him kisses and hugs for me. She was just so excited.'Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer