‘She didn’t deserve this’: Mother mourning loss of 15-year-old daughter who was fatally shot

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EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — Family and friends are mourning the loss of 15-year-old Ke’viana James who was fatally shot in East Cleveland.

Her mother said she was shot in the head while riding in a car with a relative on July 5. She passed away from her injuries two days later.

“She was a cheerleader, she was a good sister, she was my baby girl. She was everything in my world, everybody loved her, everybody knew her from everywhere, she didn’t deserve this.” Semika Wilford James said.

The shooting happened near the intersection of Alleghany and Northfield Avenue. Police have not made any arrests and are trying to determine a motive in the case.

“Me and my son had just talked to her 20 minutes before my sister called and told me that Ke’viana had been shot. I just can’t get my mind right about this because it’s hard,” Semika said. 

The teen was a sophomore at Brush High School where she was a cheerleader and a social butterfly. Her mom said she was a good student and wanted to go to college and eventually become a chiropractor.

“She was smart very smart, she was intelligent, she was likable, she was everything, she was well known, she was so amazing,”  Semika said 

Two vigils are being held in her honor. The first will be at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the intersection of Alleghany and Northfield Avenue. The second will be at Brush High School next week.

Her school district issued the following statement:

With broken hearts, the South Euclid Lyndhurst Schools expresses its deepest and most sincere sympathy for the tragic and unexpected death of Ke’viania James, one of our students. Our school district’s thoughts and prayers are with her family. As a way to celebrate the life of Ke’viania, the South Euclid Lyndhurst Schools has organized a balloon launch for next Friday, July 17th at 6:30 p.m. at Korb Field on the Charles F. Brush High School campus. All balloons will be purple, Ke’viania’s favorite color. The community is invited to attend. Please join the SEL Schools in sharing our condolences with Ke’viania’s family, as she will be greatly missed.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the East Cleveland Police Department at 216-681-2162. You can remain anonymous and reward money is available.

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