The household of a 15-year-old Baltimore woman who was allegedly shot useless by a 9-year-old boy over the weekend known as on prosecutors to file legal prices towards the kid, claiming that he deliberately killed their daughter over a bottle of Gatorade.
Nykayla Strawder’s family and associates held a vigil on Tuesday to honor the teenager — and likewise to voice their frustration over the investigation into her demise.
“I couldn’t describe to you the way it feels to seek out my little one on my porch, on her personal porch, murdered,” Dontay Jones, Strawder’s father, mentioned, based on reporting by WBAL-TV.
Baltimore police beforehand mentioned that Nykayla and her 9-year-old neighbor had been taking part in with a loaded gun on her entrance porch within the 600 block of Linnard Avenue in West Baltimore’s Edmondon Village on Saturday evening when the teen “unintentionally” shot the teenager within the head.
Nykayla was taken to a hospital, the place she later died.
The boy was mentioned to have dropped the gun and fled after the capturing. Police later decided that the firearm is registered to the 9-year-old’s member of the family who works as a safety guard.
Below Maryland regulation, the accused pint-sized gunman can’t be criminally charged due to his age.
Throughout Tuesday’s vigil honoring Nykayla, her father challenged the official model of occasions.
“(The 9-year-old boy) took my daughter’s Gatorade from her, and when she circled and requested for her Gatorade, he raised that pistol to my little one’s head and murdered her in chilly blood. They weren’t taking part in with a gun in any respect,” Jones mentioned.
Different relations claimed that the younger neighbor had been feuding with Nykayla’s 11-year-old brother and allegedly come over planning to settle their dispute with a gun.
“That child prematurely had a difficulty for weeks, and he got here with a gun to harm just a little boy and he ended up discovering the massive sister doing the traditional factor being an enormous sister do, telling him (her brother) won’t come exterior and he didn’t,” cousin Raymond Parks instructed Fox Baltimore. “And the boy pointed the gun at her due to it.”
Those that attended the vigil demanded that prices be introduced towards the 9-year-old, and likewise towards his household for failing to safe the gun used within the capturing.
“How do you not discover your gun was lacking?” There is no such thing as a excuse, figuring out there’s a baby within the residence and never retaining your gun hidden,” Jones instructed the Baltimore Solar. “Our daughter is rarely coming again. We’ll be wanting down at our daughter in a casket. I’ll by no means see her smile once more.”
In Maryland, a cost of leaving a gun accessible to a minor is a misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 wonderful.
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott weighed in on the tragic capturing in an interview with WJZ on Tuesday, suggesting that Nykayla’s demise was avoidable.
“If this gun was correctly secured, she could be alive,” he mentioned. “A mom and father wouldn’t be making ready to bury their very own little one. We wouldn’t be having all these kids with the trauma that they’ve. We now have to be extra accountable with our weapons.”