Gun viοlence spiraled out of control again in Chicago over the weekend, this time leaving an 11 year old girl fatally wounded.
Shamiya Adams was at a sleepover at her best friend’s house when a stray bullet struck and kιlled her, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The girl passed away after a bullet flew through the house and struck her in the head. Although the girl was immediately rushed to the hospital, she passed away on the next day.
“They came out and told us she wasn’t going to make it,” Shamiya’s grandmother told the Tribune. “Oh, my God.”
While police conducted their investigation, there were still marshmallows and chocolate spread around the room where the girls had been eating during the sleepover.
“Everybody was in the room,” said Aaron Hill, who lives at the home but wasn’t there at the time of the shoοting. “They were just doing their girlie things. They heard shοts and a bullet came through the window.”
“It’s ridiculous. It really, really needs to stop,” the girl’s grandmother said.
Those who knew the girl said she was joyous and always had a smile on her face. One neighbor described her as a “a joyful, innocent child.”
“Every child deserves a childhood,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who visited the girl’s family.
The girl’s aunt, Tierra Goodlow, welcomed the mayor’s support but says more needs to be done to curb the city’s viοlence.
“I think that was great for him to come,” she told Fox 32,”but let’s get with the people out here doing this bad stuff on the street.”
“We don’t want these perpetrators on the street to rest nowhere tonight,” activist Andrew Holmes said, echoing the need to get viοlent criminals off the street.
Over the weekend 40 people in all were shοt, with four fatally wounded. A 12 year old girl was also among the wounded in this past weekend’s viοlence.