Funeral for Minnesota Avenue Shooting Victim

May 19, 2012 Updated May 20, 2012 at 12:11 AM EDT

By WKBW Admin

May 19, 2012 Updated May 20, 2012 at 12:11 AM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) The young woman who was shot and killed last weekend, as part of a wave of gun violence to hit the Queen City, was laid to rest on Saturday. It was an emotional day at True Bethel Baptist Church as family and friends gathered to say goodbye to the innocent victim of a recent Buffalo shooting.

Songs were sung, tears were shed, and loving embraces made between those who knew 23-year old Samantha Cothran at her funeral, who was shot and killed on Minnesota Avenue last Sunday morning.

"I know that she is truly an amazing person, and as sad and unfortunate and horrible as this is, it is something that is going to stay in our hearts and in our minds and it is something that is going to inspire all of us to do better," one friend said.

The young victim was remembered for her intelligence, recently graduating from college and pursuing a career as a pharmacist. Cothran was also an organ donor, and during the funeral, a card from Upstate New York Transplant Services was read in her honor.

"I am a donor to someone in need. My final gift, my final deed," part of the card read.

Police are still searching for the person responsible for the Minnesota Avenue shooting.

At Saturday's service, Reverend Darius Pridgen called the congregation to come together and put an end to the violence.

"This is not how it's supposed to be. With mothers and fathers burying a daughter who was not a gang banger who was not selling drugs who was not hurting anybody else," he preached, pointing to Cothran's casket, "this is not how it's supposed to be."

A memorial fund has been set up in honor of Samantha Cothran's name, and donations are being accepted at all local M&T Bank locations.