Family of baby killed pleads with community to stop violence

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CLEVELAND - Aavielle Wakefield was caught in the crossfire of more violence in Cleveland on Thursday.

Her mother, Ieshia, said she is still in shock, but that this needs to stop.

"As we turned off of this street to get on 143rd to go up, as we got to that corner, were bombarded with gun shots," said Beatrice Wakefield, Aavielle's grandmother. "All on the left side of the car, one (bullet) went right past my head."

Aavielle was in a car seat of the vehicle driving along East 143rd Street near Spear Avenue. Her mom, grandmother and an 8-year-old were taking a trip to the grocery store at the time. Aavielle was hit in the chest.

No one else in the vehicle was shot. Police Chief Calvin Williams said the bullet wasn't likely meant for anyone in that car.

"I listened to the screams of the mother, watched the grandmother wash blood off after she tried to save the child. I am urging the people of Cleveland to step up," Cleveland Detective Rhonda Gray said.

Aavielle's father is also asking whoever did this to take responsibility for their actions.

"First, I just ask that The Father forgive them. I know it was an accident, but as a grown man you need to be responsible for what you did," said Charles Wakefield.

A man who said he’s the best friend of Aavielle’s mother set up a GoFundMe.com page for the family.