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PD search for answers in fatal drive-by shooting

Posted: 4:47 PM, Jan 18, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-19 04:23:59Z

Police are still searching for answers in a West Phoenix drive-by shooting that claimed the life of 23-year-old Brett Berholtz.

The shooting happened Saturday around 10:30 p.m. outside an apartment complex near 81st Avenue and Indian School Road. Police have not yet named any suspects or provided a motive for the shooting.

"It doesn’t make any sense. I can’t imagine someone wanting to hurt him," said Amanda Kilpatrick, a long-time friend. She first met Berholtz 10 years ago in high school. She says he was friendly to everyone.

“I mean, he was just one of those people that as soon as you met him you’re, like, drawn to him. He was one of the nicest people I’ve ever known," Kilpatrick said.

Police said someone driving by fired at Berholtz. A bullet grazed his 22-year-old girlfriend. Her injuries were not life-threatening, but Berholtz died at the hospital. 

“I can’t understand why someone would do this to him of all people in the world," Kilpatrick said.

After a weekend of multiple shootings in the City of Phoenix, this is one more where a young life was cut short.

“Whoever did this doesn’t realize how good of a person they took away from everybody," Kilpatrick said.