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"She's still going to be my angel," Mother reacts after 13-year-old daughter killed in home

Posted at 11:37 AM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 13:40:05-05

Police say they have a person of interest in custody from a shooting on the city's north side.

Bullets ripped through the home near 13th and Hopkins Monday Night, killing 13-year-old girl Sandra Parks.

Tuesday morning, Bernice Parks took time to share her memories of her daughter. 
"That was my baby and they took her from me."

Bernice had family going in and out of her home all morning to grieve with her over the loss of Sandra.

Sandra was in the middle of her three children. A friendly and smart girl known for her love of writing and poetry. She just won an MPS award for an essay on Martin Luther King Jr.

"She was everything this world is not," Parks said. "My baby was not violent. My baby did not like violence. Everybody she knew, everybody that came down her path, she made them happy. She didn't like for nobody to be sad or down."

Sandra Parks is the latest child in Milwaukee to be the victim of gun violence. Over the last two years, nine children have been killed and 95 were injured due to gun violence. 

Alderman Russell Stamper released the following statement on the shooting in his district:

"My  thoughts and prayers are with the family of the 13-year-old girl who  was shot and killed in her home last night. It is a tragedy that another  innocent child’s life has been cut short over nothing. While I am both hurt and angry about this senseless death, the family needs the love and  support of the community right now. I encourage acts of comfort,  kindness, and generosity on their behalf. We as a community have to do better. We have to put an end to this  reckless violence and to the shootings that end up hurting innocent  people and children."

"She was my angel from the time she was in my womb to the time she came out," Parks said. "She's still going to be my angel."