Update [12.28.2020]: It’s with a heavy heart that I report that Kennedy Maxie has succumbed to her injuries and has passed away. I send my heartfelt condolences to her loved ones. I will post any crowdfunding information if it is shared.
Please read below for the original story:
Like millions of other children, seven-year-old Kennedy Maxie was looking forward to celebrating the holidays with her family. On Monday (December 21), the little girl was reportedly Christmas shopping with her mother and her aunt in Atlanta, Georgia, and while they were riding in their vehicle near the Phipps Plaza, an unexpected tragedy occurred. Kennedy had been struck in the back of the head by a stray bullet—a fluke moment that ignited panic.
Initially, Kennedy’s aunt and mother didn’t notice that the girl had been hurt, but they later told police that they did hear gunfire close by. When they noticed that Kennedy was acting strangely, they both rushed her to the closest hospital while also contacting authorities about the unusual incident. Investigators believe that it was a chance occurrence that possibly stemmed from a group of people who got into an argument that escalated into violence.
“The aunt continued to drive and a short time later noticed that the victim was acting strangely. The aunt realized the child had been shot and drove to the hospital where the victim was taken into surgery in critical condition,” police said in a statement.
At the time of this publication, no suspects have been named. Authorities are offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension of the person or persons involved. Many influencers in the Atlanta area, including celebrity figures and politicians, have spoken out against the gun violence in the bustling city. There have been several, upwards into the hundreds, incidents involving gun violence across Atlanta within 2020 alone.
“Once again we’re addressing a situation of a senseless shooting that we believe arose from individuals unable to resolve a situation civilly,” said interim Police Chief Rodney Bryant.
“Right now, it looks like it was the wrong place at the wrong time,” said homicide commander Pete Malecki.
Kennedy’s godmother has set up a GoFundMe to help the family with hospital and recovery costs. If you would like to help, please visit the page here.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477 or text them at 274637.
Please share this story regarding the shooting of young Kennedy Maxie to help bring justice to her case. She is our sister and her life matters.
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