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Family, community outraged by murder of 11-year-old

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Renee Williams says the fatal shooting of her niece Shamiya Adams is a reminder that the violence plaguing Chicago can hit your front door in an instant.

“As much as we see on TV now it's in our house,” said Williams.

Adams, 11, was shot Friday night when a stray bullet came through the apartment window of this home on 39th and Gladys Avenue.

Adams later died at a hospital.

“We are praying that justice will come to serve and those that committed the crime will turn themselves in,” said Adams.

Motorcyclists raised their fists in tribute – it’s what they would do if they lost one of their own.

This was the second vigil in two days. This time there was renewed pressure by family members and community leaders urging witnesses to come forward and help police solve the murder of this little girl with the big smile that brightened so many lives.

“Our goal is to get the shooter and to get that gun and support this family. Get the shooter, get the gun and anybody that was with him and also the shooter's parents,” said Andrew Holmes, a community activist.

Sunday morning, complete strangers came together at a church service to pray for the community. By Sunday night, a makeshift memorial was growing near the window where a bullet passed through striking young Shamiya leaving broken hearts behind.

“Even when all of this is over we're still going to have to wrap our arms around each other and draw strength from each other,” said Williams.


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