NEW ORLEANS, LA – A family is grieving after a little girl was shot and killed while riding in her mother’s vehicle in New Orleans, Louisiana.
At this time, there are no leads in the senseless death that happened the day after Christmas.
— WLBT 3 On Your Side (@WLBT) December 28, 2021
On December 26th, 24-year-old Maquisha Burton was driving in the area of General DeGaulle Drive and Hendee Street with her two children when she reported hearing gunfire just before 9 pm.
After hearing the shots, Maquisha quickly realized that her seven-year-old daughter, Dillan Burton, had been struck by the gunfire.
Maquisha drove to the 1200 block of Milton Street and called 911 for help. As police and medics arrived on the scene, they attempted all life saving measures and transported Dillan to a nearby hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.
A man who lives in the area of the shooting, Charles Dillon, spoke to 4WWL about the tragedy of the incident. He said:
“We have to do better. We have to do better as people, as a community, we have to do better. We’ve always had violence, unfortunately.
We live in New Orleans, we’ve always had violence, but it has gotten younger and younger, and this is senseless to me. These youngsters are losing their lives and they haven’t even gotten a chance to live.”
Police are looking for the shooter and have asked the public to come forward if they have information about the crime. https://t.co/hTWlUS88iX
— Fresno Bee (@FresnoBee) December 27, 2021
The New Orleans Police Department located video surveillance footage from a camera near the scene of the shooting which captured what they believe is the vehicle involved. They released a still shot of that video which shows what appears to be a white or silver Chevrolet truck with a bedcover.
At this time, it does not appear that the New Orleans Police Department has any indication if Maquisha was targeted in the shooting or if it was just some random violent act by whomever fired the gun.
Regardless of the motive, the violent death of anyone is senseless, especially when it is the life of a young child that is lost.
New Orleans Police Department Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson and the Democratic Mayor of New Orleans LaToya Cantrell issued a joint statement on the tragic incident. Their statement read:
“We stand in shock over the violence that claimed the life of a 7-year-old child, the day after Christmas. It is unbearably tragic.
As a City, as a community – we reject this. How often have said ‘one is too many?’ This one, alone, is too much. This child deserved better of us.
Somebody out there knows who pulled the trigger. We need them to come forward. The NOPD is devoting the full force of our resources to holding this shooter accountable —and we will demand the same of our partners in the Courts and at the DA’s office.
This is a time for us to come together. This will not be tolerated by us as leaders of our City, or our people.”
New Orleans police plead for help finding gunman who shot, killed 7-year-old girl riding in mother's car Sunday night in Algiers https://t.co/6FhosOV2gq
— FOX 8 New Orleans (@FOX8NOLA) December 27, 2021
As the New Orleans Police Department is working diligently to seek justice for young Dillan, Tiffany Brooks has established a GoFundMe account to help the family with funeral expenses during this difficult time. The page reads:
“Dillan Burton was a vibrant, jovial, loving little girl. Her life was cut short tragically on 12/26. No parent should have to experience burying their child. If you have the means to support her family through this unbearable loss, please do.”
The New Orleans Police Department is asking anyone with any information that can lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible to please contact them.
If you do not want to contact the police department direct, you can call the Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans or contact them through their webpage.
Anyone with information that is determined credible can claim a reward of up to $5,000 for homicide cases.
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