A mother revealed the heartbreaking final words of her daughter as she died in her arms after catching a stray bullet during a shootout in Washington D.C.
Makiyah Wilson, who died on Monday, June 16, had only celebrated her 10th birthday a few days ago before she was gunned down outside her apartment. In a heartbreaking interview her mother, Donnetta Wilson, revealed her daughter’s final words before dying in her arms.
Makiyah told her mum ‘Mommy calm down. It’s burning’ as she tried to stay calm.
Donetta Wilson was inside her apartment when the shooting occurred. According to the GoFundMe account set up in her daughter’s name, Makiyah left the apartment to buy some ice cream but before she could even make it off of her front stoop she was shot in the chest.
An emotional Donnetta told NBC4:
I held my baby. The whole time she was saying: ‘Mommy calm down. It’s burning.’ She was trying to get me to be calm.
When she passed and took her last breath she was laying right there in front of her doorway. I saw blood, I saw my baby. I panicked. I don’t really know what to do at this point.
Donnetta went on to say, within minutes of being shot Makiyah died. Her older sister, who is 18 years old and has not been named, was shot in the arm, according to family members. She was released from the hospital and later arrested on an unrelated charge after police discovered there was a warrant for her rest. Police say three other people were injured in the shooting too.
A relative to the family, Pandora Wilson, told NBC:
Makiyah, she was special. She loved football; she loved all kinds of sports.
It’s so hard to put it in words because it don’t feel real. It’s so senseless.
A D.C. police report says at 8pm, Monday, a black four-door Infiniti Sedan missing its rear bumper, pulled into the courtyard of Clay Terrace Apartments. Surveillance footage was released, showing four occupants exiting the car and firing several rounds before getting back in and driving away.
Authorities say the gunmen fired as many as 50 to 70 shots in the courtyard which had about 15 to 20 people at the time.
Speaking to Fox 5, Mike D’Angelo, Makiyah’s uncle said:
These cowards need to be held accountable for their actions because when you sign up for the streets, this is what happens – they come with certain rules and guidelines. Learn the rules and the guidelines of the streets. If you get out here, you see kids, you see parents, you see mothers out here, buck a U-turn and come back if that’s what you got in your heart to do.
Fox 5 report D.C. Councilmember Vincent Gray believes the shooting was a form of retaliation and Makiyah was caught in the crossfire. However, Police have yet to release an official reason for the shooting.
Gray went on to say:
They probably don’t even know who they killed until the saw the news.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Makiyah Wilson at this incredibly difficult time.
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