MILWAUKEE — The family has identified the 13-year-old girl who was fatally shot in Milwaukee last weekend.
Family members tell TMJ4 News she was Nevaeha Ware.
Milwaukee police reported that Ware was shot while riding inside a car in the 5800 block of West Keefe Avenue around 7 a.m. Saturday. Ware was brought to a local hospital, where she passed from gunshot wounds.
On Monday, a GoFundMe fundraiser was launched, to raise money to help with funeral expenses for Ware, organized by T’onna Ware. "Anything will help to help my family prepare for her funeral expenses," she writes for the fundraiser.
Candles lay outside a home to remember 13-year-old Ware who was shot and killed over the weekend. Her family now only left with the memories of a life that was cut far too short.
"She had the biggest smile, the prettiest light brown eyes everybody loved her," said Rosalind Henning, Nevaeha's great aunt.
"It was at least 10 shots that morning," said neighbor, Richard Johnson.
Rosalind says Nevaeha snuck out of the house to meet up with a friend on the other side of town. But Nevaeha never made it back home.
"Someone drove up that they knew that they were beefing with, these are all children by the way under the age of 18, and that person started shooting at the car. Nevaeha was the only hit and she passed away," said Henning.
Milwaukee Police are still looking for the person who killed Nevaeha.
"From my understanding, the children that were with her do know the person that shot her," said Henning.
"It’s our babies that we’re losing, so hopefully they do catch the person or persons," said Johnson.
It’s the second time Nevaeha’s parents have lost a child to gun violence. Rosalind says Nevaeha's brother was also murdered nearly four years ago.
"The parents are not doing very well," said Henning.
Now, Rosalind has a message for other families in the hopes nobody else has to go through what they are.
"My hope for this and any other family is to pay attention to your children, what they’re feeling, what they’re doing. I think we need to take the time to make sure that our children are OK. And monitor what they’re doing."
Police say that no arrests have been made, and that the homicide is still under investigation.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Milwaukee Police at (414) 935-7360 or Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-TIPS or P3 Tips App.