Dozens of people are believed to have witnessed the attack. Three witnesses talked to News 8 Now, but asked to not be identified for fear of reprisals. One woman said she saw the women arguing just before the fatal beating. “That's when a whole group of people from down there and a whole group of all them girls that was on the porch they came up and they had knives, they had hammers, they had all that,” she told News 8 Now.
Another resident described the attack. “What I saw was a fight ensue. The one girl fell, one woman was stabbing her with a broom, someone else was kicking her, and one third person that I saw, who I'm assuming was the one who did the stabbing, I saw like three thrusts- distinctive thrusts,” the witness said.
R.P.D. West Side Commander Mike Woods called the killing senseless. “It's unfortunate to say nothing surprises me but it’s just completely uncalled for. I mean street violence right in the middle of Dewey and Driving Park. I mean, how do you explain that?”
Shaw worked at the University of Rochester as a food service employee for 15 years. In a released statement, the UR/SMH Chapter, SEIU 200United and 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Worker East Union mourned her death:
"Tasha was a constant advocate for worker rights and fought to improve the lives of her coworkers.We shall miss her.- UR/SMH Chapter, SEIU 200United and 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Worker East.
Shaw’s killing marks the city’s 39th homicide this year. If you have any information you’re asked to call police.