Funeral held for NC girl killed when gunshots fired into home as she slept

SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) — A week after 7-year-old A’yanna Allen was shot and killed in her sleep, the community still mourns, and demands the shooter to surrender to police.

UPDATE: Officials: 7-year-old NC girl shot, killed while sleeping suffered 20 gunshot wounds

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On Saturday, family, friends and other neighbors held a candlelight vigil in front of the Salisbury home where the shooting happened. Dozens gathered for the vigil.

“She’s a beautiful little girl that didn’t deserve this. I feel like everybody needed to come out and support not only her but the family,” said Chariel Dye, one of the organizers of the vigil. Dye never met A’yanna.

A’yanna’s grandmother, Shirley Robinson, was there, and thanked all who came to the vigil and supported the family throughout the week.

“She’s happy, too, because she always say, ‘they here for me mama?’ Yeah, they’re here for you, A’yanna. If she was here today she’d be very proud,” Robinson said.

Robinson was shot in the leg in the same shooting. She still has to use crutches to get around, but she says that pain is nothing compared to what she and the rest of the family are going through right now. She’s still searching for answers.

“To take away a 7-year-old child, come on now, wake up city, tell something. I know y’all know something,” Robinson said.

On Sunday, the Gethsemane Baptist Church in Salisbury was packed for A’yanna’s funeral.

Family, friends and teachers shared stories of the young girl to those who showed up.

A’yanna was known by many for her smile and upbeat attitude.

Her shooter is still on the run.

There’s a $20,000 reward for anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest in her murder, as well as the other two Rowan County murders that night.

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