COMPTON (CBSLA.com) — A community is demanding justice and vowing to hunt down a killer who took the life of a 1-year old girl on Tuesday.
Hundreds of neighbors gathered in Compton on Thursday night near the home where a girl was shot and killed to pray for the victim and her family.
Little Autumn, called Mini by her family, was waiting for her bottle Tuesday night when someone started shooting into her home.
“Our message is, we are one Compton. We are unified, black and brown, against crime. We are a community that is tired of being tired. We will no longer allow our children to be murdered in their cribs,” Bishop L.J. Guillory told KCAL9’s Tom Wait.
So many people turned out to show their support that there was gridlock in the neighborhood, and police even had to close the street.
“I want her to get justice, and I want the murderers to be caught,” Compton resident Mollie Bell said.
Vicky Lindsey, who runs a group that helps relatives of victims, says that it’s when the crowds clear when the family will face its toughest times.
“They all got the attention right now, that ain’t going to be there in a little while. As soon as they bury that baby, it ain’t going to be there. But we’ll be there,” Lindsey of Project Cry No More said.
Police say one man was driving while another got out of the vehicle and started shooting at the home.
Detectives say the baby’s father was likely the target; he later admitted to being a gang member.
The community is asking for all the help it can get in identifying the killers, and ask that if you know anything, please call the Compton Police Department at (310) 605-6500.