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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Heartbreak for a South Florida family on this Easter weekend.

Police say a 4-year-old girl was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting in Miami.

4-year-old Nyla Jones. (Source: Jones family)

On Sunday she was identified as Nyla Jones.

“She lit the room up from the time she was born till her last day,” said Sharon DaMitchell, Nyla’s aunt.

In a statement, police spokesman Michael Vega said officers were called to Miami’s Liberty Square housing complex Saturday morning about a child that had been shot.

Jones had already been taken to a hospital by her mother by the time officers arrived. Vega said the girl died at the hospital.

Police said another child and an adult were injured at the scene by shattered glass.

Mugshot for Willie Jones Jr. (Source: Miami-Dade Corrections)

Vega said a male suspect who fled the scene later turned himself in at a police station.

He has been identified as 24-year-old Ronald Willie Jones Jr., Nyla’s uncle.

DaMitchell says that the shooting occured after a heated argument between Jones Jr. and Nyla’s mother.

“I talked to him myself and he said he did not know there was kids in that car,” she said. “I forgive him, we all forgive him. We know you did not know that they was in that car”

He has been charged with one count of second degree murder and three counts of attempted murder.

“He did not do it on purpose, it was an accident,” DaMitchell said.

On Sunday Jones Jr. appeared in court, wiping away tears as he spoke to the judge.

He remains behind bars as of Sunday afternoon.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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