Family, friends mourn death of little girl shot in car
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A 4-year-old girl died after being struck by a bullet while sitting in a parked car.
A mother doubled over in agony Saturday night. The family collapsed when they heard little Rahquel Carr was shot dead. "Willie, the grandfather, he just loved her so much," said Michael Hardaway. "They would be out playing, and you know, she looked just like him, so I know it's hard."
Neighbors said the mother of the child pulled up in the white Mercedes Benz at 120th Street and Northwest 20th Avenue. They said kids were everywhere playing outside and inside the car. "The next you know," said Priscilla Hardaway, "we turn around and the girl was on the ground and Sabrina picked her up and said, 'What's wrong?' and then a drop of blood came out of her nose."
That's when neighbors said Rahquel's mother screamed. "Her child had been shot. Everything was so scary."
Medics rushed the girl to Ryder Trauma Center. "We started praying and praying and praying," said Hardaway, "and we asked God to save her."
But it was too late. Rahquel's life ended at the age of 4, perhaps at the hands of another young child. "She's gone back to God so fast," said the victim's godmother, Sonia Wheelers.
"One of the kids said that one of the kids shot her," said Hardaway.
Police scoured every angle of the white Benz. "We will be looking at who the firearm belonged to," said Miami-Dade Police Detective Roy Rutland, "where it was in the vehicle at the time."
Her dad was out of town on a business trip. Neighbors said he flew back Saturday night after getting the call that his daughter had been shot. Every adoring aunt, uncle and grandparent ran to the scene. She spent her last night with all of them Friday at the Youth Fair. "She brought her a butterfly and said, 'Grandma, this is for me because I'm a princess."
According to her father's family, she was a princess to them.
It is not sure who owns the white Mercedes Benz or the gun. Neighbors said the mother of the child was picking up her daughter after she spent a few days with that side of the family. The mother was picking her daughter up to spend the Easter holiday together.
Everyone who was at the scene of the shooting at the time, including the children in the car who are all under the age of 10 are working with the State Attorney's office to figure out what happened.
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