ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- At almost 7 feet tall in heels, Ms. Wanda was bigger than life and a rising star nationwide, performing in New York, Miami and Vegas. But that ended Tuesday when Wanda, whose real name was Anthony Lee, was shot while visiting a friend in Tampa.
"I miss him now."
Anthony's sister, Barbara Lee-Thomas, is heart-broken. She cannot believe someone would want to kill her brother, and was amazed when she and her family were bombarded by condolences from total strangers.
"He loved people, and that's the part that was heart warming. People would see me on the street and say, 'I saw your brother's show. It was awesome. It was great,'" said Lee-Thomas.
But there will be no more shows. Tampa Police are looking for two suspects, but don't believe Anthony was the target.
"We do not believe this was a random act of violence. We know that the two suspects went down the dead end street and targeted that house, but we are working to determine who was the actual target inside," said Tampa Police spokesperson Laura McElroy.
For now, Anthony's family takes comfort in the love of Wanda's fans, and knowing that Anthony was a star that dimmed too soon.
"He was well on his way. He was well on his way," said Lee-Thomas.
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