Dynasty Alexander’s body was found Sunday afternoon across from Elk Bayou park on Hosfield Drive.
Kathy Looper, co-founder of Genesis House, a runaway and homeless girls emergency shelter said she had reached out to Alexander on several occasions.
“I first met Dynasty a couple months ago when her (cousin) Carlton Jones called to let me know that his cousin was out on the streets and where she might be located,” Looper said Monday.
She said Genesis House is a free 24-hour shelter for girls age 14 to 18.
“We talked to her about coming here and she said she would want to come, she just wasn’t ready,” Looper said.
Cousin and Tulare Councilman Jones, said Alexander was always happy. “She loved everybody and my thing was to try to get her to love herself as much as she loved everybody else,” he said.
He said their family is very close knit.
“I would encourage anyone if you have someone in your family and you’re working on them, just don’t give up because she was someone my family wasn’t going to give up on,” Jones said.
The Tulare County Sheriff’s office is investigating Alexander’s death as a homicide. Jones said the family is thankful for the community support, and encourages anyone with information to come forward.
“Just know that there is someone still out there that is willing to hurt a child and that’s the number one goal right now is to catch them as fast as possible to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else,” Jones said.
Looper wants others to know there are resources available. “What we are is just a safe place for them to come while they’re trying to figure out their next steps,” she said.
For more information on Genesis House go to genesis-house.org or call (559) 303-3029.