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Aspiring Young Model Shot, Killed in Chicago

20-year-old Kaylyn Pryor was shot under her right arm and later died from her injuries in Chicago on Monday.

The aspiring model was a resident of Evanston, Illinois, and had been visiting relatives when she was struck by a stray bullet, the Chicago Tribune reports.

She was later pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois.

This fall, Pryor became a winner of the “Mario, Make Me a Model” competition where she beat out nearly 500 other applicants over several months.

Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas, which sponsored the contest, released a statement from founder Mario Tricoci:

“We are saddened and broken-hearted to learn of the tragic passing of Kaylyn Pryor. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family. This touches every one of us who knew and worked with her. Kaylyn will be remembered for her kind and generous spirit. She truly was beautiful inside and out.”

Pryor, whose loved ones encouraged her to enter the contest, said she had done a small amount of modeling before. She hoped that winning the contest would lead to a modeling contract and more work.

“You know, I always say the future is unwritten,” she said during an interview with the Pioneer Press shortly after her win. “You can never tell how far anything will go. But as long as you remain humble and stay positive, there are so many options that could work for you.”

No word on whether a suspect is in custody.