CLEVELAND -- Her daughter was killed in a hail of gunfire. Now the woman who lost her eye in the violence is speaking exclusively to Fox 8 News.
Noni Brooks, 33, said she has a lot of pain and a lot of questions, and she still wonders why.
"I miss her, and sometimes I don't know how to feel, I don't know where to go, or what to do," said Brooks.
It's the heartache of losing a child.
Each day Brooks relives the nightmare. She and her children were in the wrong place at the wrong time on Crossburn Avenue in Cleveland. The night of Jan. 19, senseless violence claimed the life of her 5-year-old daughter, Jermani.
"They just came flying through the truck, about eight or nine shots back to back, and it seemed like they were not gonna ever stop, and all I could remember saying is 'please don't let me die, my kids, my kids, my kids...'" said Brooks.
When the gunfire stopped, two of her three children were unharmed, but her only daughter Jermani was fatally wounded -- shot in the head -- and Noni was shot in the eye.
"As he was shooting in the car, I was like, 'what did we do, why us?'" Brooks wondered.
Jeffrey Gurkovich, 32, was charged with several counts including aggravated murder.
Brooks said she had never seen him before.
When asked if she has or can forgive him, Brooks answered, "I don't think I can ever forgive this man for what he did to me for no reason, for what he did to my family. He hurt a lot of people. My daughter had a chance, she had a chance to be anything or anybody she wanted to be, and he took that. I don't think I can ever forgive him."
Brooks admits she has a lot of anger, but the one thing that soothes her troubled soul are memories of Jermani.
"I just think about her love the love she had inside of her and I say no, I know that's not what she would want. She was so loving she wouldn't want me to get mad lashing out," Brooks explained. "I learned that tomorrow is not promised, and in the blink of an eye one of us could be gone."
Brooks plans to be in court when Gurkovich goes on trial.
He is being held on $5 million bond.
Brooks said the violence has devastated her financially because she can't work.
If you'd like to help her, you can donate to the Noni Brooks fund at any KeyBank.