MIAMI (CBS4) – The family of a four year old northwest Miami-Dade girl who died over the weekend after she was shot said it was a six year old boy who pulled the trigger.
“She was everything to me,” said the girl’s mother Turquisha Peacock. “She brought joy to everyone.”
Rahkel Carr died Saturday evening after being shot in the upper body. Peacock said she was taking her 6-year old, another 6-year old boy and Rahkel to The Fair. The children were waiting in a friend’s car which was parked outside the girl’s grandparent’s house at NW 29th Avenue.
“As I was entering the vehicle I heard something hit the glass and as I opened the door she was there gasping for life,” said Peacock.
According to Peacock one of the boy’s was playing with the gun when it went off. Police have not confirmed who actually pulled the trigger or where the gun came from. Peacock, who lost her only daughter, said those types of details are unimportant.
“I don’t feel blame towards anyone, they’re children,” said Peacock. “It wasn’t intentional, it was a mistake.”
Peacock said she hopes her pain will be a lesson for parents to be more attentive and make sure a child can never get a hold of a weapon.
“Things happen, we learn from them and hopefully the outcome is greater than the circumstance,” said Peacock. “If it even impacts one family, if we can change the mind of one, that’s fine with me.”
Miami-Dade police, the State Attorneys office and the Department of Children and Families are looking into the incident. No charges have been filed.