An Illinois girl who was struck in the head by a stray bullet on Monday night while she was inside her home died on her 12th birthday, according to local reports.
Kentavia Blackful was pronounced dead around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday at an area hospital, Fox 32 reported, citing the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Blackful was shot around 9 p.m. Monday, the night before her 12th birthday, inside her home in Harvey, which is about half an hour from Chicago, police said.
The girl’s grandfather was outside on the porch when the gunman fired, sending bullets through the front window and aluminum siding, the television station reported.
The rest of Blackful’s family was in the living room watching the Chicago Bears game and putting finishing touches on her birthday party when the shots were fired, WGN-TV reported, adding that Blackful was sitting at her computer when a bullet struck her head.
Her family said Blackful was choosing T-shirt designs for her birthday party when tragedy struck. Paramedics rushed her to a nearby hospital in critical condition, according to reports.
The sixth-grader reportedly is an honor student and basketball player at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School. She had planned to spend her birthday playing basketball and having a skating party, WLS-TV reported.
Police were still looking for the people responsible. A $3,500 reward was being offered for information in the case, according to local reports.