‘You got the wrong people’: Mother speaks out after 5-month-old girl killed in drive-by shooting

‘You got the wrong people’: Mother speaks out after 5-month-old girl killed in drive-by shooting

CHICAGO (TOC) — The mom of Cecelia Thomas, a 5-month-old lady who was killed in a drive-by taking pictures, spoke publicly for the primary time in regards to the incident that claimed her younger daughter’s life.

She was decided to talk for her youngster and did so exterior the hospital the place she mentioned her ultimate goodbye.

“Cecilia was attractive,” mentioned the infant’s mom, Juanita Harris.

Harris is a mom in ache.

“She did not even have her first birthday, like she did not make age 6 months,” she mentioned.

Refusing to let her grief break her, angrily pleaded for these accountable to return ahead, along with her 3-year-old son and avenue pastor and neighborhood activist, Donovan Worth, at her facet.

“Cecelia was part of us. She was our youngster,” Donovan mentioned.

It has been simply over every week for the reason that youngster was killed when police say somebody inside one other automobile shot at their automobile because the household traveled within the 7700 block of South Shore Drive.

Harris, Cecelia’s father, and Harris’ 3-year-old son Kemone have been all within the automobile, taking the boy to his aunt’s home when the June 24 assault occurred.

The infant was struck within the head and died just a few hours later.

“Once you’ll out right here taking pictures, know who you’re taking pictures at. Know your goal. You bought the fallacious individuals,” Harris mentioned.

Amid her sorrow, there may be anger as her daughter turns into Chicago’s youngest sufferer of gun violence to date this 12 months.

She needs the shooter to do the precise factor.

“It is consuming you up inside. You see me. The identical ache I am feeling, you have to flip your self in,” Harris mentioned.

In the meantime, as a mom, Harris struggles with not solely learn how to pay for her child’s funeral but additionally learn how to exist in a future with out her little lady.

“We want solutions,” Harris reiterated.

Police are nonetheless in search of whoever is accountable for what the household calls a case of mistaken identification. To this point, nobody is in custody and no arrests have been made.

Group activist Ja’Mal Inexperienced, who’s working for Chicago mayor, has supplied a $5,000 reward for info that results in an arrest and conviction on this case.

Anybody with info concerning the taking pictures is inspired to name 1-800-883-5587.

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