Family releases name of infant killed in Shawnee Neighborhood


by Michaela MacDonald

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 7:36 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 2 at 11:43 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- An 16-month-old girl, who family identified as Ne'Riah "Nene" Serenity Miller, was killed and her mother was injured in a shooting in broad daylight Wednesday. It happened on the 100 block of  S. 37th Street in the Shawnee Neighborhood. 

LMPD gave a special escort to rush Miller to Kosair for treatment, but she died at the hospital. Her mother has non-life threatening injuries and is expected to survive.  

"In this case, obviously, this child hadn't had the chance to experience life and we're obviously going to try everything we can to make that happen. Unfortunately, it didn't happen in this case,"  LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said.

Family members at the scene said the mother and daughter were on the porch when the shooting took place.   

"The mother got shot, and the baby,  we don't know because she stopped breathing and was bleeding out of her nose. We don't know, we don't know, they were put on the ambulance," Sherrie Miller, grandmother of the woman who was shot, said.

Neighbors said they're frustrated with a recent increase in violence in the area.  

"A lot of the neighbors we've been upset about it because nothing has been done about it. And cops have been called down here several times, but then they leave, there is nothing done. It seems like these young people have the right of way, they do whatever they want to do and the rest of us we're scared, we stay in, we don’t come out," Eva Goodrich, who heard the gunshots from her home, said. 

A fund for Ne'riah Miller was started at Fifth Third Bank; it's called Cierra Angela Twyman in c/. Ne'Riah Serenity Miller.

LMPD's homicide unit is investigating. If you have any information on the case call 574-LMPD.

Editor's Note: It has been confirmed through Miller's family that she was 18-months-old not 1-year-old as originally reported.