Heart of girl shot to death in grandpa’s lap will save another child

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MILWAUKEE, Wisc. -- A 5-year-old girl that was shot and killed Thursday night will save another child -- thanks to her heart. Laylah Petersen was sitting on her grandfather's lap on the couch when she was shot in the head by one of a dozen bullets fired into her home.

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Laylah's family says that her heart has been will be donated to another child.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn actually was brought to tears during a press conference Saturday on the shooting. He said no one has been arrested, and that the home may have been targeted by accident.

“This is a horrific act," he said, according to WITI. "We know that the people who feel it as keenly as the family are our police officers. I’m going to do one thing — and I’m going to do it until those guys go to jail. I’m going to have this baby right next to the pocket with my grandchildren. She’s going to be in our hearts, just like her little baby heart is going to be in somebody else. We are going to carry on. We are going to support and affirm this family’s grief by doing our job."

Rewards of up to $15,000 are being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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