Helpful tips to solve the shooting death of 6-year-old Angel Hooper are coming in to the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime, offering hope to about 50 people who gathered Friday night at a prayer vigil for the girl.
But police still need more people to come forward with information.
“We need more leads, we need more people to call,” said Maj. Karl Oakman, commander of the Kansas City Police Department’s South Patrol Division. “Because one week ago, someone shot this little girl and drove off. That could have been your sister, could have been your cousin, could have been your niece. They shot a 6-year-old and drove off.”
Angel was killed Oct. 17 by gunfire from a passing car outside a 7-Eleven at 107th Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard. She was with her father buying bubble gum.
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Ad Hoc officials announced Friday that with a donation from the Carter Broadcast Group, the reward in the case has increased to $21,000.
Andreia Jackson, a cousin of Angel’s mother, Charity Guinn, tearfully pleaded for the gunman to turn himself in.
City Councilman Jermaine Reed, who also is the interim executive director of Ad Hoc, deplored the plague of violence.
“I’m fed up with this,” he said. “This has to stop.”
Angel’s family is grieving, said DeQuai Wilson of the group Mothers and Families for Healing and Justice.
“They’re preparing to lay their baby to rest when she should be playing and enjoying her Saturday,” Wilson said. “The family deserves to have some peace. And this baby deserves some justice.
“The person that’s responsible has to suffer the consequences for what they have done.”