SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. — Friends, family and community members are coming together to honor the life of a 12-year-old girl who was killed in a drive-by shooting.
Two people have been charged in connection with the shooting, which also hospitalized a 3-year-old boy.
Police charged 16-year-old Montice McManus with murder and assault with a deadly weapon and 20-year-old Malik Crawford with accessory after the fact.
Relatives of 12-year-old Jalinda Campbell say they’re relieved arrests were made quickly in the case, but right now they’re focusing on remembering the sixth grader’s life.
A makeshift memorial on the porch where she was shot keeps growing. All day Monday, people came by to drop off balloons, flowers and messages.
Genesha Campbell says she was lying with her cousin on the ground after she was shot, begging her to stay alive.
“It was just … I felt empty,” she said. “I fainted. I was just shocked.”
Kyleigh Graham, the 3-year-old injured in the shooting, was Campbell’s nephew. He’s expected to survive.
Neither of the children was the intended target of the shooting, police say.
“It shows you, it doesn’t matter who you are,” said neighbor Oliver Hines. “It can come to you. … That was a block and a half from me. Who’s to say that tonight it’s not at my door?”