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4-Year-Old Rahquel Carr Shot to Death in Northwest Miami-Dade

March 31, 2013 by Brett Wilkins in Crime & Punishment with 0 Comments

Rhaquel CarrA 4-year-old girl has died after being shot while sitting in a car parked in her grandparents’ South Florida driveway on Saturday evening.

Rahquel Carr suffered a gunshot wound to her upper body while sitting in a Mercedes-Benz car in front of her grandparents’ home on NW 20th Avenue in Northwest Miami-Dade at around 6 p.m. on Saturday. CBS Miami reports that Carr was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center, where she was pronounced dead. The Miami Herald reports that a 6-year-old boy was found holding the gun used to shoot the little girl, although police would not confirm that he fired the shot that killed her.

The police investigation into the fatal shooting will focus on who owned the gun and how it got into the car and into a child’s hands.

“We know there were several children located in a vehicle, we know there was an adult around the vehicle when this happened, but we have yet to confirm exactly who pulled the trigger on this gun,” Miami-Dade police spokesman Det. Roy Rutland told reporters.

“We will be looking at who this firearm belonged to, were the firearm was in the vehicle at the time, along with who was present when the gun was fired,” Rutland said. Police are interviewing a number of children who were present at the time of the fatal shooting.

Carr’s grandfather, 57-year-old Willie Carr, collapsed following the incident and was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

The tragic shooting has left family, friends and neighbors mourning the loss of little Rahquel.

“She was so sweet, so spunky, so kind,” 19-year-old Ashley Carr, the slain girl’s aunt, said of Rahquel. “She was a big person in a little person’s body,” Carr told the Herald.

“It’s just hard to think about,” neighbor Michael Hardaway told the Herald. “The whole neighborhood is torn up about it.”

Hardaway told the paper that he saw a group of children playing outside the Carr home just before the fatal shooting.

“Sometimes kids don’t know the difference between a real and a fake gun,” he said.

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