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'She just wanted to play with the other kids': 8-year-old killed in drive-by shooting, suspect arrested

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Source: Broward County Sheriff's Office; MEGA

Feb. 7 2022, Published 7:28 p.m. ET

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An 8-year-old girl was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting and now police say they have arrested a suspect.

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Around 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 4, The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Belle Glade, Florida, block where the child had gunshot wounds.

The child was taken to the hospital, where she later died, according to CBS Miami.

Detectives learned that 8-year-old was injured in a drive-by shooting, according to the sheriff’s office. Investigators have not said who the intended target was.

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On Feb. 7, sheriff’s officials announced they arrested Andrew James Thomas in connection to the shooting. He was charged with first-degree murder with a firearm, attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm.

The victim, Ronziyah Atkins, was remembered by family and friends during a weekend vigil, according to WPTV. Her mom, Jameka McGee, told the station the arrest is helping her cope with the loss of her daughter.

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"She was funny. She just was like a baby doll," McGee said to WPTV. “She just wanted to play with the other kids."

broward child arrest
Source: Broward County Sheriff's Office; MEGA
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