CLEVELAND — Cleveland police are investigating after a 6-year-old girl was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting early Saturday morning.
According to authorities, officers were called to the 1300 block of East 171st Street at 1 a.m. to reports of a child shot.
Police were told the house was “shot up,” and a six-year-old girl sleeping inside was shot in the head.
Police have identified the girl as Lyric-Melodi Lawson.
Officers administered first aid until EMS arrived. Lawson was taken to University Hospitals where she was later pronounced dead.
Community members and activists are holding a vigil and rally in Lawson’s honor on Monday, October 7.
They are gathering at Hannah Gibbons-Nottingham School, where she attended, at 5 p.m. and marching to her E. 171st Street home, where she was killed.
According to a press release, they are “calling out all concerned citizens, elected officials, community activist business owners and members to take a stand against gun violence!”
This comes after Mattie Hayes and other members of the group Black on Black Crime laid flowers on the steps of Lawson’s home Saturday afternoon.
“This is a tragedy that should never happen, but it seems that it’s happening more and more in our neighborhood and we have to do something to stop this,” Hayes told FOX 8 Reporter Alex Stokes. “We can’t just depend on other people to stop this.”
Neighbors and councilman Anthony Hairston said the street doesn’t see this kind of crime.
“We know that things happen everywhere, but then there’s some streets, or some areas that you just say, ‘wow, ok, what’s going on?’” Hairston told Stokes, adding that cameras and police officer presence has increased in the area, but it’s not enough.
“You beg to wonder, ok, what are we missing here? What are we not, uh, seeing or what’s not happening that should be happening that we can begin to curb some of this violence happening, you know, in our neighborhoods?” he said.
In the end, he says people need to speak up if they see something.
“No longer can we just say, you know what, I’m gonna be quiet; I’m not going to say anything. Because that gets us, you know, what we’ve gotten here today,” said Councilman Hairston.
Police say a dark-colored vehicle was seen driving away after the shooting. The homicide unit is investigating and no arrests have yet been made. Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call 216-621-1234 or Crimestoppers.