MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - A vigil was held Thursday evening for a 12-year-old girl who was inside her home in Miami Gardens when she was fatally struck by a stray bullet.
Tequila Forshee was at 4264 NW 201st Street when she was shot about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to her family.
"I was braiding her hair, getting her ready for back to school. I was almost finished. We had just bought her school clothes and she told me -- the last thing she told me was thank you grandma for buying all my school clothes," said Tawanda Frazier-Brown, Forshee's grandmother, who returned home Thursday after she was shot in the leg. "Someone took my baby."
Forshee had just returned from Georgia where she was visiting her mother. She was spending the night at her grandmother's when at least one gunman opened fire.
The family said neither Forshee nor Frazier-Brown were the intended targets.
"She meant my world. Tequila is my middle child. She was our bound. She kept our family together," said Glenn Forshee, the girl's father. "They torn apart. They watched their little sister die in front of them. My oldest daughter got grazed in the arm with a bullet. My kids watched their little sister die."
Miami Gardens police officers canvassed the neighborhood Thursday afternoon.
Roscoe Brown, Forshee's uncle, had a message for the gunman.
"If you think you got the right person, you didn't," he said. "You took my niece's life away -- 12 years old -- and you shot my mama."
Brown said a neighborhood feud may have been the reason for the shooting.
"That's Roscoe's life. I don't know what type of life he live," added Forshee's father. "So whatever Roscoe's life live, I know it don't have no attachment to my kids."
"You can run away from police, but you can't run away from God. You can't run away from God no matter where you hide at," added a family friend.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Miami Gardens Police Department at 305-474-1424 or Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
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