SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (WNCN) — More than 200 people attended a vigil in Southern Pines Saturday night after a 12-year-old girl was killed and toddler boy was hurt in a broad-daylight drive-by shooting Friday.
Many people came together at a West Illinois Drive home to remember Jalinda Campbell, who died.
They also gathered as 3-year-old Kyleigh Graham was still in the hospital following surgery after the shooting that happened around 3:50 p.m. Friday in Southern Pines.
Many people at the vigil Saturday evening lit candles and signed a large sign in Jalinda’s memory.
A photo of Jalinda was placed on a chair and surrounded by candles and a Teddy bear and butterfly.
“Family is a bond that has been broken that will never be put back together,” said Jalinda’s dad, Greg Harris. “She would be the daughter that anyone would be proud of.”
Speakers at the vigil called for an end to the violence that has claimed the lives of young people in the community. People also spoke of the need for the entire community to unify, and pleaded for information leading to the capture of the suspects responsible.
“Whether you know who did it and you don’t say nothing (you’re) just as bad as the one who did it. So please someone come forward. Please. I mean these are kids, you can’t have this in your community,” Jalinda’s dad, Greg Harris, pleaded with the group.
The gathering ended with a prayer and the group singing while hugging and holding hands.
The shooting happened as Jalinda and Kyleigh were sitting on a porch outside the apartment where they both lived at 714 West Michigan Avenue, police say.
Kyleigh, who is recovering, is in stable condition, officials said Saturday.
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On Saturday, messages of condolences and sadness about Jalinda’s death were on social media.
“My heart is so heavy right now R.I.H Jalinda Campbell. A senseless murder of a innocent child is never OK. She was such a sweet little girl — I am in honest disbelief. We should all be mad this should have never happened to those kids,” wrote Brandi Baxter Vample on Facebook.
Police said the shooting was not random and people at the home knew the shooter. Police also said the investigation revealed that the drive-by-shooting had an intended target, but both victims were innocent bystanders.
Police have a suspect, but are not releasing his name yet.
Southern Pines police detectives are still investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the Southern Pines Police Department at (910) 692-7031 or the Crime Tip Line at (910) 693-4110.