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A 6-year-old child in Kansas City has died after a passing car opened fire while she was buying bubblegum at a local store on Friday.

Angel Hooper, her father, and a friend stopped for gum after a jog when the drive-by shooting occurred. Angel was shot in the head and died later at a nearby hospital.

According to the Associated Press, Angel’s 11-year-old cousin was injured in a drive-by shooting two years prior. A vigil was held for the child on Sunday, who was described as gifted and positive.

Several speakers at Sunday’s rally also criticized violence in the community. They also praised Angel as a positive, smart child who enjoyed singing at church and helping others. Her first-grade teacher, Kimberly Walter, said Angel was “a little walking genius” who had qualified for a gifted and talented program.

Angel’s mother, Charity Guinn, said she was thankful for the support her family has received.

“It helps a lot to know that people care,” she said.

Police are investigating the shooting.

“Angel has all the power of the Kansas City Police Department behind her,” said Maj. Karl Oakman, adding that investigators wouldn’t rest until her killers are found. “Wherever you are, we will find you.”

“Criminals are no longer just killing each other — they are killing our children. This nonsense must end,” Mayor Sly James said in a statement Saturday.

Our condolences to Angel’s family during this difficult time.


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