Police Identify the 15-year-old Victim of a “Senseless” Shooting at a Birthday Party
Homicide detectives are looking for the shooter who killed a 15-year-old girl at a high school party in Clayton County over the weekend.
Laila Harris, 15, is from St. Louis but had been living in Marietta, according to police.
A Cobb County School District spokeswoman verified to that Harris attended Sprayberry High School.
“We need your help to find justice for Laila Harris,” Sgt. Julia Issac said at a press conference on Monday.
She stated that someone was ejected from the party held inside ECM Hall Rentals Near Me on Citizens’ Parkway.
“He returned with an accomplice and shot up the location,” Issac explained.
When cops arrived, they reported that hundreds of children had fled the site.
Investigators do not believe Harris was the shooter’s intended target, according to Isaac.
Family and friends have begun an online fundraising to bring her body back to St. Louis.
“Sadly, she was brutally slain while attending a birthday celebration, simply doing what any fifteen-year-old wants to do, trying to have fun,” according to the GoFundMe page. “We’ve now lost her due to a stupid act of violence.”
Investigators want anyone who attended the party or has video of the incident to come forward.
Following a string of shootings affecting children and teenagers throughout Metro Atlanta, Mea Ballinger, a local community organizer, called for a stop to the violence.
“This is really absurd. And, while I understand that you don’t want to snitch, this isn’t about snitching. You are literally saving someone’s life “She stated.
“Some may not want to hear it, but it all begins at home. We require parental guidance. We need all of our professors, pastors, and educators to work together.”
Monday, calls, and emails to ECM Hall Rentals Near Me were unanswered.
“Our hearts go out to Laila’s family, friends, and the entire community,” stated a Cobb Schools official. “The loss of a loved one is never easy, but the holidays make it even more heartbreaking.
School and district personnel are ready to speak with people who require further assistance as a result of the tragic news.”