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Family reacts: 15-year-old killed at house party days before her birthday

The Police Department investigates hours after a deadly shooting took place during the overnight hours on Santiago Court in Bakersfield, Calif., Sunday, April 22, 2018. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

What was supposed to be a fun night out with friends ended with a Shafter teenager shot to death Sunday night just days before her 16th birthday.

Candis Breanne Beckemeyer called her mother every hour on Saturday night, giving her updates on her whereabouts. When the calls stopped, her mother knew something was wrong.

Police said they were alerted to gunfire at the house on Santiago Court around 1:30 in the morning. When officers arrived, "numerous" people were seen running away from the area.

While searching the vacant house, officers found Beckemeyer suffering from a gunshot wound. She died at the scene.

Police said they also learned that a man was shot and had been taken by private means to a hospital. That man, whose name was withheld, suffered moderate to major injuries, police said.

Police haven't publicly named any suspects or said what they believe sparked the shooting.

On Monday, Beckemeyer's family was in shock and disbelief.

"I couldn't tell you how I feel. There are no words for this feeling," Dustin Beckemeyer said of his younger sister.

A family friend started a GoFundMe page to cover the cost of funeral arrangements.

On Tuesday, the family will have a strawberry cake for Candis' birthday and send up blue balloons to the sky.

"She was just an amazing little girl, and she had her entire life ahead of her. Her entire life. And she will be remembered forever," said aunt Sarah Verras.

Beckemeyer loved making people laugh and was a "sassy" "goofy" teenage girl, her family said. She wanted to be a nurse when she grew up.

Beckemeyer is the third homicide victim younger than 20 years old this year, according to Bakersfield police.

Anyone with information helpful to the investigation is asked to call Detective Bagby at (661) 326-3567.

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