Grandfather prays for justice in deadly shooting of the 6-year-old girl who ‘loved unicorns’ | KSTP.com

Grandfather prays for justice in deadly shooting of the 6-year-old girl who ‘loved unicorns’

Eric Chaloux
Updated: November 19, 2021 08:29 PM
Created: November 19, 2021 04:08 PM

The search for suspects continues in the shooting death of 6-year-old Aniya Allen in Minneapolis.

"For this to be going 6 months, and I have no justice for an innocent child," said KG Wilson, Aniya's Grandfather, and long-time community activist.

Back in late May, she was one of three young children shot over several weeks in the early spring, including 9-year-old Trinity Ottoson-Smith who was also killed — and 10-year-old Ladavionne Garrett Jr. who was hospitalized for months.

Allen was shot at 36th and Penn Avenues North while riding in a car coming home from McDonald's when bullets flew on the block, a man walking was also shot, and little Aniya was struck as well, losing her battle, dying days later.

Police previously said she was the unintended target of alleged gun violence between rival gangs.

"Heartbroken because of what happened, heartbroken behind the community that allowed this to happen, those who know who did this, have broken my heart and shattered it," Wilson said.

Wilson floods social media with Aniya’s story in hopes someone steps forward as a reward remains unclaimed.

“I'm quite sure that they wish I would go away,” Wilson said. “But they can harbor the secret, but I'm still here, I'm going to bash and bash at that secret and those holding that secret."

"It's not a sure thing a large reward will solve a case, but it has been tried and succeeded in some places," said Bob Dennistoun, of Crime Stoppers of Minnesota.

Dennistoun couldn’t comment directly on tips in Aniya's case but said they’ve seen a 237% increase in tips in the last 6 months, compared to last year,  in people reporting information about Minneapolis murders cases.

While it might not be the big tip to break open the case, Dennistoun said valuable information can get investigators going down the right path.

“It's another piece of the puzzle — that leads to other pieces — that leads to a solution," Dennistoun said.
    
If you have information about Aniya’s murder, you can report anonymous tips through Crime Stoppers.

"What's it going to take? It might not be the money, it might be touching someone's heart to where they can't hold it in no more,” Wilson said.

Willson called his little granddaughter an angel who "loved unicorns."


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