Waverly neighborhood taking child death as inspiration for National Night Out

The Waverly community will have a local tragedy in mind as they participate in a nationwide push to get people to stand up and fight crime in their neighborhoods.

See also: Girl, 3, killed by stray bullet in North Baltimore neighborhood

National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 5, and this year the Waverly and Better Waverly neighborhoods are partnering to host the event in honor of 3-year-old Mckenzie Elliott, who was standing on the porch of her Waverly house when she was hit by a stray bullet and died Friday night.

"This community has been my home since the 80′s and there are amazing qualities, neighbors and resources here - I have seen and experienced them first-hand. But there are some real concerns that exist and we need to, as a whole, voice that we care about seeing significant changes,” Waverly resident Nayeli Garcia Mowbray said in a release.

Related: $2,000 reward offered for info about 3-year-old girl killed in Baltimore

The event will kick off at 6 p.m. at the corner of Gorsuch and Ellerslie avenues and feature prayer, music, speakers and resource sharing.

A $2,000 reward is offered for anyone who can help make an arrest in the child’s death.

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