Five bullet holes in a home’s exterior mark a deadly shooting in Ferguson, Mo., that saw a 9-year-old girl gunned down while doing her homework.
There was no suspect in the attack more than 24 hours after the Tuesday shooting that killed Jamyla Bolden and wounded her 34-year-old mother in the leg, authorities said.
The girl’s father, James Bolden, made an emotional plea for someone to step forward with information.
“Do it for a 9-year-old child that didn’t even get to see the rest of the world,”Bolden told KMOV.
Police believe the shooter fired from close range into the home, striking the child as she sat on her mother’s bed.
The home sits one block from West Florissant Ave., which has seen rioting and police confrontations with protesters in the year since 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by Officer Darren Wilson.
And next door, a lawn sign reads: “We Must Stop Killing Each Other.”
“I never in a million years thought that I’d be laying my daughter to rest,” the father added.
Bolden’s grandmother, who owns the home, ran into the bedroom after the 9:30 p.m. shooting.
“I kept holding and holding her,” the grandmother, who asked not to be named,told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I still have her blood on my hands. She was still breathing. I was telling her to just breathe.”
Bolden, described as a sweet and soft-spoken fourth-grader at Koch Elementary School, was supposed to take a reading assessment test Wednesday.
“There needs to be a reevaluation of human life: (whether) black, white, young, seasoned, whether in Ferguson, or areas considered affluent,” Pastor Willis Johnson told KMOV. “This has to stop. This epidemic of lost life under false pretense and of no real significant reason has to change.”
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