LOUISVILLE, KY -- Family, friends and community members gathered to remember 16-month-old Ne'Riah Miller who was shot and killed Wednesday on the 100 block of south 37th Street. Her mother Cierra Twyman was also shot and is recovering at University Hospital.
"This baby, she is never going to come back. She is never going to come back. I miss my grandbaby. I thank God for my daughter, she is still here they could have took her life, too. It's just sad, it's just sad and we hurt. We hurt real bad, these people don't know how callous it was for them to shoot a baby, where is their heart," Tijuana Twyman, Ne'Riah's grandmother, said.
Thursday afternoon, the Man Up organization held a prayer service and community rally pushing for whoever did this to take responsibility for their actions. The group said they are also brainstorming ways to stop the gun violence plaguing the community.
"We need to put the guns down, we need to come up with solutions without using guns. We need to respect our neighborhoods," Ray Barker, Man Up steering committee chairman, said.
Twyman said it's sad it took a tragedy like this to bring the community together, but she hopes this will lead to real change.
"She was filled with so much joy and she had love, full of love. I don't know, I want to say she was our angel for the 16 months. God used her to bring some things together and he still using her, she is still bringing people together even though she is not here," Twyman said.
There will be prayer meetings at the Eastern Star Baptist Church Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. There is a "Stop the Killing" community meeting Fri., Aug. 29 at 7 P.M. at King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church at 1620 Anderson Street.