Girl, 16, killed by stray bullet while returning home from church


A 16-year-old girl was killed by a stray bullet as she sat in a car while returning home from church in California on Wednesday night.

The teen, identified by local news outlets as Danah Rojo Rivas, died at the scene in Lynwood, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Danah's mother and older brother were also in the car, but were not injured.

"I saw the life go out of her eyes," her 18-year-old brother Ethan told NBC in Los Angeles. "I just stood there, I couldn't do anything."

Authorities say that the intended "target vehicle" was attempting to get away from the gunman's vehicle, but was caught in traffic. The gunman exited his vehicle and fired multiple rounds at his target. One of the rounds instead entered the vehicle where Danah was sitting and struck her in the upper torso.

Danah was riding in the backseat of the family's vehicle with her dog on her lap when the shots rang out. The scared dog ran out of the car, and was struck and killed by oncoming traffic.

"I just heard the mother or the auntie was screaming," Monique Moore, who lives nearby, told ABC 7. "And I was like, 'Oh my God, they shot somebody's baby.'"

The gunman's vehicle then made a "U-turn" and fled the scene, according to authorities. The occupants of the target vehicle also fled, abandoning their SUV. The gun used in the shooting has not been recovered.

A GoFundMe page for Danah has already surpassed a goal of $5,000 for funeral costs. Anyone with information on the shooting should contact the sheriff's office at (323) 890-5500.


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