A 9-year-old girl from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, died after she was struck by a stray bullet during a shooting.
Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said that the girl, Za’layia Jenkins, had asked if police could keep her safe.
“Sadly, that question was answered tonight,” Flynn told reporters.
According to Fox6Now on Tuesday, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office said she was “legally pronounced dead.” She was shot on May 5 by 15th and Meinecke in Milwaukee.
The bullet was fired during a shootout between two groups of armed individuals, police said.
Jenkins remained on a ventilator Monday night.
A family friend, Tory Lowe, wrote on Facebook that the girl’s family planned to have a rally for her.
Her family also set up a GoFundme page to help pay for medical costs.
A $35,000 reward was offered for the arrest and conviction of the suspects involved in her death, WISN-TV reported.
“We cannot tolerate a society where small children are murdered, when gangs are engaged in a shootout, where bullets are sure to endanger innocent people in their homes and on the streets,” attorney Michael Hupy said. “Parents, I know you can bring your children up to be better than the gang members who did this to Miss Jenkins.”
(H/T – Opposing Views)