LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - What do you say to someone whose baby was killed? To a family that does not know if it will find justice or closure?
Dozens of people attended a candlelight vigil to say, “We are with you, and we care.”
“It’s a testament of how a community can come together in a time of tragedy,” Richard Anderson said. “It’s a testament of how many people love and love our city, care for our city, and how things are running in our city.”
Many of those who attended knew the family of Ra’Miya Reed, but some did not. They shared candlelight and emotions to mourn a young girl who will not get to live her life.
“We just love you and we just gonna support you,” Rev. Benny Johnson, of Arkansas Stop the Violence, told the crowd. “And most importantly of all, we want this person taken off the streets.”
The Little Rock Police Department has not announced any suspects or motive, more than a week after Ra’Miya Reed was shot and killed while riding in a car with her family on S. Harrison Street.
“Those cowards, or call them what you may, but they killed that little girl, and they need to step up and come forward,” Anderson said. “They need to step up and turn themselves in, and get their heart right with God.”
Amy Stivers said she cried during the vigil. Her daughter, Danick Adams, was killed in Jacksonville in 2008. She is now a victims’ advocate for the Central Arkansas chapter of Parents of Murdered Children.
“We just wanted to be support to the family,” Stivers explained. “And we understand, as survivors of homicide, what it feels like to lose a child.”
People also sounded messages of hope, that with more togetherness, they could keep other families from knowing that feeling.
“We gotta get on board with the good things,” Anderson mentioned, “and start with our children at young ages, and help grow and understand that there’s a better way than violence.”
Reed was one of eight people killed in the last 11 days in Little Rock. The large loss of life was on the minds of many people as they watched their candles burn down. “We’ve had so many in the past couple days that it’s just almost unbelievable,” Stivers added.
Reed’s funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at The Mercy Church. There is a $20,000 reward for information about her killer.