9-year-old Milwaukee girl asks police to keep her safe, dies from gunshot wound to head

A nine-year-old Milwaukee girl, who asked police if they could keep her safe, died Monday from a gunshot wound, just a day before her birthday.

Za’layia Jenkins was struck in the head by a stray bullet about a week after she wanted reassurance that police would be able to protect her, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

The Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office pronounced Za’layia dead at 5pm on Monday.

The FBI and an attorney offered rewards totaling $35,000 Tuesday for information in the shooting of Za’layia.

Nine-year-old Za'layia Jenkins (pictured) was struck in the head by a stray bullet about a week after she asked police if they could keep her safe   Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn told the Journal that Za'layia was shot during an exchange of gunfire between two groups armed with rifles and pistols, after which police recovered more than 40 shell casings

On May 5, Za'layia was watching television with her two-year-old cousin around 8.30pm when a bullet pierced a wall of her home, according to police. A rally took place on Tuesday, which was her birthday and the day after she died. Her mother, Destiny Boone, is pictured at the rally 

The FBI offered $10,000 toward the reward and Milwaukee attorney Michael Hupy kicked in $25,000 for information leading to the shooter or shooters.

On May 5, Za’layia was watching television with her two-year-old cousin around 8.30pm when a bullet pierced a wall of her home, according to police.

Za’layia had bee in critical condition for a little over a week before she died. The medical examiner told TMJ4 that she was brain dead.

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn told the Journal that Za’layia was shot during an exchange of gunfire between two groups armed with rifles and pistols, after which police recovered more than 40 shell casings.

Police are still searching for a green Jeep Cherokee whose driver may have information regarding the shooting. No arrests have been made.

Hundreds of people gathered at a rally that took place on Tuesday, which would have been Za’layia’s 10th birthday.

Her mother, Destiny Boone, fought back tears as she told TMJ4 that Za’layia was her first child.

‘I’m so numb. She had her whole life ahead of her. I don’t understand why anybody would do this to her.’

Hundreds of people gathered at a rally that took place on Tuesday, which would have been Za'layia's 10th birthday

Information regarding the rally was posted on Facebook 'inviting the community' to come out and support her family. The post also encouraged people to step forward if they had any tips that would bring justice to Za'layia's family

Information regarding the rally was posted on Facebook ‘inviting the community’ to come out and support her family.

The post also encouraged people to step forward if they had any tips that would bring justice to Za’layia’s family.

About a week before she was shot, Za’layia asked Capt Shunta Boston-Smith why she was in her neighborhood, according to the Journal.

Boston-Smith replied that she and other officers were walking in the neighborhood to help keep it safe.

Za’layia asked Boston-Smith if police could keep her safe.

‘Sadly, that question was answered tonight,’ Flynn told the Journal after the girl was shot.

Homicides in Milwaukee have skyrocketed in recent years and just last year, homicides increased 69 per cent from 2014, according to the Journal.

Source: The DailyMail

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