Police, community plead for shooter to come forward

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by Brooke Hasch and Whitney Harding

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 2 at 11:43 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It’s the day after a shooting that killed 16-month-old Ne’riah Miller and wounded her mother Cierra Twyman, and now the Shawnee community came together begging for change and for those responsible to hold themselves accountable.

“The only thing we ask is please turn yourself in,” begged Ne’riah’s great-grandmother Sherrie Miller. “Turn yourself in. That's all we asking."

"Those who did this; you know who you are,” added Minister Jerald Muhammad with the Nation of Islam as well as the community group, Brothers to Brothers. “Some people in the community know who you are and we suggest that you turn yourself in."

That’s the same plea LMPD is making as well. The investigation is ongoing but as of Thursday afternoon police don’t have any suspects in custody.

"It's easier when we have help from the neighborhoods and it's easier when people are more willing to come forward and in a situation like this,” Lieutenant Todd Kessinger with LMPD’s homicide unit said. “It’s hard for a reasonable person to imagine that a grown man or an adult would have information as to who shot and killed a 1-year-old baby and hold that from the police."

Kessinger did clear up a few details Thursday afternoon. He said contrary to original reports the shooting was not a drive-by. Instead, a group was walking on foot on 37th Street when they opened fire and shot Cierra and Ne’riah on their front porch.

“It's hard to determine if they were the intended target or not. It's hard to imagine a 1-year-old baby being the intended target,” Kessinger said. “There were specific things they were trying to accomplish last night.”

The reaction from the entire city of Louisville has been shock, heartbreak and frustration. Heather Marcum from Fern Creek drove over 20 miles to bring a gift and a hug to the victims’ family Thursday afternoon.

"I have children myself and seeing this hurts me," Marcum said through tears. “This has got to stop, the shootings – the killings of innocent people."

Marcum continued sharing her disbelief saying when she heard the story, she was disgusted.

“I don't know the story of exactly what happened but a 1-year-old should not be dead today because of a bullet,” she said. “It just doesn't make sense to me."

Muhammad said it’s got to come down to the communities wanting to make change and holding each other accountable to see that progress happen.

"This is not snitching when a woman is shot. It's not snitching when a toddler is shot," he said. “Men don't shoot women and children. Men protect women and children."

A fund has been set up for Ne’riah’s funeral expenses at Fifth Third Bank under Cierra Angela Twyman in c/. Ne'Riah Serenity Miller.
 

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