A 12-year-old girl sleeping on her bed was killed when she was hit by bullets from a drive-by shooting about a month after her birthday.
The girl was sharing a bed with two of her friends when 17 bullets burst into the house Birmingham, Alabama, at around 1:51 a.m. Wednesday, Sergeant Monica Law told AL.com.
Police responded to a report of a shot at the 500 block of 16th Avenue NW. Relatives said the girl was hit while sleeping and was pronounced dead at the scene.
She has been identified as Audriana Pearson by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office.
Adrianna Pearson was all set to enjoy her Christmas vacation. But as she slept in her bed last night, her life was taken away.” tweeted Mayor Randall Woodfin. “She was the victim of a drive-by, another one of our children stolen from us due to the willful and reckless behavior of others.”
Her 13th birthday would have been January 17, according to Woodfin. Records show she was in seventh grade.
“Adriana was a bright young lady with a bright future. She was loved and enjoyed interacting with her friends and favorite teachers,” said Dr. Angela Bush, Erwin’s high school principal, who met her family.
“We grieve with them and stand ready to support them. I also want to say to our students, teachers and staff that we will get through this tragedy together.’
“No one should have to go through this kind of pain. We grieve with everyone who knew Audriana,” said school superintendent Dr. Walter Gonsoulin.
“To the person(s) responsible: Your reckless actions are inexcusable. You’ve taken away one of our children’s chance to grow up.”
Three individuals of interest were taken into custody on Wednesday based on anonymous tips, Law said.
“Her family spends this season arranging their daughter” tweeted Wood fin.
“There’s very little to be happy about in households where laughter has been silenced by gunfire, and that breaks my heart,” Woodfin said. “I talked to Minnie’s mom this morning. All she wanted for Christmas was a pink iPad and AirPods.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
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