A 9-year-old child was shot by a stray bullet and died in her father’s arms as he raced to the hospital.
Now, one of the people involved faces more than a decade in prison.
Charles Gamble, 22, pleaded guilty recently to aggravated manslaughter, according to NJ.com. He was convicted of killing Jennifer Trejo, 9, who was in her bed.
Gamble is set to be sentenced at a later date and the prosecution plans to recommend a 15-year sentence.
Three other men have been arrested in connection to the case. Michael Elliott and Leroy Frazier were arrested along with Gamble, according to CBS Philadelphia. Zahmere K. McKoy, 23, was also arrested in the case.
According to NJ.com, Frazier was convicted and sentenced to 42 years in prison. The other two men await trial in the case.
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Around 12:30 a.m. on July 17, 2018, Trejo was asleep in her bed at home in Bridgeton, New Jersey, according to CBS Philadelphia. But she was hit by a stray bullet from outside her home.
Three men opened fire on a group of people in front of a home, according to NJ.com. The group unloaded 19 rounds at their intended targets of two men in the crowd. One of the bullets went through a wall and hit Trejo in the chest.
She died in her father’s arms as he raced to the hospital, according to NJ.com.
An obituary noted that Trejo recently completed the third grade and wanted to become a teacher when she got older.
Shortly after the killing, neighbor William Stevens Jr. told NJ.com about the victim.
"I used to see the girl out here waiting for her bus," Stevens said. "That little girl was very cheerful. She was always smiling. She was very outgoing. That little girl, she never did anything to nobody."
He added he was in disbelief over the killing.
"I just want to cry right now," Stevens told NJ.com.
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