Family searching for ‘justice’ in the death of Cheyenne Watkins

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Family and friends of Cheyenne Watkins marched down Main Street in Tehachapi Saturday, asking for the public’s help finding justice.

Watkins, 23, was found dead inside a home on Kid Place June 1, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office ruled her death a homicide.

It has been nearly two months and there have been no arrests. 

“Cheyenne’s life was stolen from her,” long-time family friend Julie Doughty said. “She suffered from addiction. The people she chose to be with were people she thought she could trust and in the end they took her life and left her there to die by herself. And I don’t care what kind of lifestyle you’re living, that is no way for a little girl’s life to be taken.”

Members of the community, like Cliff Suazo, owner of Dog House Saloon and Savannah’s Old Town Saloon, joined Watkins’s family in an effort to make sure her case is not forgotten.

“I met these young girls after their sister passed away. I didn’t really know Cheyenne, but I’ve been a big part of this community for a while and they came forward and they said they needed help,” Suazo said. “And me, as a father, I thought that, me a my wife talked about it, that we had to do something about this.”

Suazo held a fundraiser last month to help lay Watkins to rest.

“Kids make bad mistakes in their lives, but nobody deserves what happened to them,” Suazo said. “And as a father you don’t want to see that and it hurts, you know, knowing what they did to her.”

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call KCSO at 861-3110 or the Secret Witness line at 322-4040.

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