BALTIMORE - Hundreds of people on Wednesday came to an emotional vigil in memory of McKenzie Elliott, the 3-year-old girl struck and killed by a stray bullet last week.
“She was happy, she was caring, she loved Dora,” said Nina Epps, the girl’s mother. “She could count to 30. She knew her alphabet. She knew her colors. She could write.”
McKenzie was outside sitting on her porch old along Old York Road, when she was hit by a stray bullet from a drive-by shooting on Friday Aug. 1, 2014.
“My baby boy and me we're not going to have my daughter. She's not coming back. We're not going to see her again. It's not right,” said her biological father, Duane Elliott, who also had a message for the gunman.
“Turn yourself in. I respect you more, dawg. I will pray to my God … that nothing will happen to you,” he said.
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If the shooter won't come forward family members hope someone will.
“Somebody saw something and don't hold it back there's no such thing as snitching when it comes to a child,” said Tanya Watt, Nina Epps’ godmother.
On Tuesday, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts promised an arrest by the end of this week. Mckenzie's mother says she has faith that it will happen.
“I believe in my heart that he's going to do the best that he can do, I believe he's going to,” she said. “We just need the support and i believe the support is going to come … She could do it all. If she was still here she's your next president, believe it. Believe it.”
Since the shooting on Friday police have said they have a person of interest, but still no arrest has been made.
The viewing for McKenzie Elliott will be Thursday, followed by her funeral on Friday.