Nitaya Adams, 16, died during a shooting on Paxton Street in August.

Despite having no suspects in custody, Danville police say progress is being made in the investigation into the shooting death of a 16-year-old high school student earlier this month.

“I will tell you that the investigation has not stalled and is moving forward,” Danville Police Department Lt. Mike Wallace said.

Wallace said police have filed no charges related to the killing of Nitaya Adams, 16, of Danville. A shooting early in the morning on Aug. 6 along Paxton Street left Adams dead and sent bullet hole through walls of neighboring houses and at least one vehicle.

“I will continue to make the plea to call us if they have any information,” Wallace said.

Adams’ father Malcolm Plummer said that police had not told him any more information on his daughter’s shooting. Plummer said he was confident the investigation would lead to arrests, however.

The Virginia medical examiner’s officer would not reveal the cause or manner of death in the shooting, Tracie Cooper, administrator for the Roanoke office, said.

“There’s a note in here to refer all calls to law enforcement,” Cooper said.

Cooper added that police departments can ask the medical examiner’s office to refer questions to them when information on victims is related to an ongoing investigation.

Adams, who was a rising senior at George Washington High School, was out spending the last weekend before school started with friends before she was shot, family members said earlier this month. Family described Adams as funny and compassionate and said she wanted to pursue a career in nursing.

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Trevor Metcalfe reports for the Danville Register & Bee. Contact him at or (434) 791-7983.

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