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Danick Adams

An 18 year old is shot and killed by a masked gunman outside an Ultimate Fitness

  • Last updated: October 6, 2022
  • Jacksonville, AR
  • August 15, 2008

Overview of Danick Adams

Danick Adams was a bright 18 year old who cherished spending time with friends and family over everything.

Danick, though she was only 18 years old, was a mother to a two year old daughter, who was truly the light of her life. Danick was working on obtaining her GED and working part-time at the daycare center of an Ultimate Fitness in Jacksonville, AR.

Danick is described by loved ones as having a sweet spirit and being very friendly; she always tried to look for the best in people. Danick rooted for the underdogs, and had dreams of one day becoming a teacher or possibly a child psychologist. Danick loved the beach and had hopes of living there someday. Her favorite color was pink.

“Danick was just your normal kid. She liked running around, going out to eat. She liked movies, music. She trusted people. She had a big heart. She believed in God tremendously, and everyone who knew her loved her.” - Amy Stivers, Danick's mother.
Danick Adams

August 14, 2008 started off normal for Danick.

On August 14, 2008, Danick dropped her daughter off at her ex-boyfriend’s house for the day before she went to hang out with a close friend. The pair visited their other friends and had lunch at a Taco Bell before parting ways. That evening around 10:30 pm, Danick spoke with her mother, Amy, on the phone. During the call, Danick tells her mother that she was with her friend, Princess, and were planning to go to Ultimate Fitness to tan and put on makeup. This was the last time Danick spoke with her mother.

“She told me, ‘Mama, I’m with Princess, but I gotta go. You’re eating up my minutes. So before I knew it, she was off the phone and I never heard from her again.” - Amy Stivers, Danick’s mother.

Danick was shot several times while leaving Ultimate Fitness.

While leaving Ultimate Fitness with Princess, a masked man approached them as they walked to Danick’s white Cadillac. The man reportedly demanded that the women give him their cell phones, purses, and any money they had on them.

Danick refused, according to Princess. This is when the man removed his mask, revealing his face to both women, before shooting Danick five times. After the shooting, the masked gunman stole Danick’s car and flees the scene while Princess runs to a nearby home to contact authorities.

“It’s just strange, because I think if you had just shown your face to someone you’re about to kill, I wouldn’t think you’d want to leave a witness.” - Jacksonville Detective Cynthia Harbour.

That evening, the masked gunman returned to the scene of the shooting.

Hours after Danick was shot, a man is seen driving her car past the Ultimate Fitness. When authorities pursue the car and eventually pull it over, the driver exits the car and flees the scene on foot, narrowly escaping. A female passenger remained in the car. The passenger claimed that she did not know the man, but that he had just picked her up moments earlier.

“Why would someone who had just shot a person multiple times return right to the scene of the crime? It could have been the shooter or maybe the car was traded by that point. We just don’t know.” - Jacksonville Detective Cynthia Harbour.

Where the case stands today.

Today, Danick’s case remains unsolved, despite the massive effort put forward to solve her case. Danick’s mother, Amy, has since become a victim advocate, working with families who are going through similar situations. Since Danick’s death, she has begun working with the Central Arkansas Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children, and works to raise awareness for not only Danick’s case, but cases of other murdered children in central Arkansas.

“I can’t bring Danick back. But with this new purpose in my life, I can use it to help others. To let them know this doesn’t have to define you.” - Amy Stivers, Danick’s mother.
Danick and her mother, Amy.

If you have any information regarding Danick’s murder, please contact the Jacksonville Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at (501) 533-6477. There is a $5,000 reward being offered for information leading to an arrest in Danick’s case.

“It’s only a matter of time until someone talks. Someone knows what happened and we’re going to find out.” - Jacksonville Detective Cynthia Harbour.


  1. Date of Death:August 15, 2008
  2. Birthday:September 23, 1989
  3. Age at Incident:18
  4. Race:Caucasian / White
  5. Gender:Female

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