Mother of 4-year-old gunshot victim speaks out
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The mother of a girl who died Easter weekend after a gun went off inside a parked car where she had been sitting with two other children spoke out about the incident.
"She was a very loving, caring, joyful [girl]," said Turquisha Peacock, as she remembered her daughter Rahquel Carr. "She was the product child, my only daughter, my youngest child. She was a blessing to me, that God even gave me the opportunity to have her, Rahquel, as a daughter," she continued.
Peacock claims she did not hear the gun that, according to police, went off Saturday night inside a white Mercedes-Benz she had borrowed to pick up Carr at her grandfather's house on Northwest 120th Street and 20th Avenue in Northwest Miami-Dade. "In a matter of seconds. Things happen in the blink of an eye," she said.
Neighbors and relatives rushed to the sedan. "The next thing you know, we turned around, and the girl was on the ground," said neighbor Priscilla Hardaway.
Michael Hardaway knew right away this was a serious incident. "We began to see blood coming out of her mouth and her nose, and the young lady didn't realize what had happened," he said.
Peacock panicked as her daughter, who had turned 4 only three months ago, lay on the ground, bleeding and unresponsive. "I had not a clue because I was not in the vehicle at the time," she said.
The two other people inside the vehicle at the time of the shooting were Peacock's 6-year-old son and his friend. Peacock insisted she did not know there was a gun inside the car. "At the time, no, I did not," she said. "Ultimately, it was a mistake, and there's no one to blame."
By the time paramedics got Carr to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, it was too late. Police are trying to determine whether either of the other two minors inside the car pulled the trigger.
Carr's godmother said the loss is a tragic one but also an opportunity for adults. "For all the parents, legal guardians, grandparents, aunts, uncles around the world, just be mindful of your surroundings," Sonia Wheelers said. "You can never be too careful, you can never be too cautious, when it comes to children."
Peacock attributes her composure in the face of tragedy to her faith. "At the end of the day, there's nothing anyone can tell me or say to me that can console me like my God can," she said.
Investigators are working with the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office to decide whether any charges will be filed in this case.
All three children inside Peacock's Mercedes-Benz were under 10 years old.
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