Trenton, NJ (CBS) — A nine-year-old girl was shot dead in Trenton on Friday night. She was hit by a stray bullet while playing in front of her house.
Officials say there were a number of witnesses when the shooting began.
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Family and friends of 9-year-old Sequoya Bacon-Jones gathered Sunday afternoon to release pink and purple balloons for a senselessly shortened young life.
“I don’t think it’s hit me yet, but it’s definitely true that my daughter is gone,” said Anthony Tarkar, Bacon-Jones’ father.
The Parker elementary school student was shot and killed around 7:30 p.m. Friday while playing in the common area of her Trenton apartment building. Officers were called to gunfire after a fight between a large group that had gathered nearby.
“This is something this city cannot stand for,” said Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora.
Gusciora said a number of witnesses saw what happened. He urges someone to come forward and believes the shooter is local.
“We really need to catch this criminal who committed this heinous act that should not go unpunished,” Gusciora said.
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“They get their due,” Tarkar said.
As Tarkar prays for justice, he remains focused on remembering his little girl.
“She was a good girl, a good heart, always smiling, always happy. She loved to play, skate and do everything,” Tarkar said.
An innocent victim gone too soon.
“We love her and we will miss her,” her father added.
No one else was injured in the shooting.
Anyone with information can anonymously call the Mercer County Homicide Task Force.
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click here to donate to GoFundMe to help the family pay for Bacon-Jones’ funeral.