Calyia Elizabeth Stringer death – obituary, cause of death : Calyia Elizabeth Stringer 3, of Roosevelt Homes, shot dead. she passed away after being hit by a stray bullet Sunday night.
Calyia was struck by a stray bullet while she was sleeping in her bed. Reports say a shooting broke out between rival gangs and it was during this shoot out that poor unfortunate Elizabeth was struck and killed by a stray bullet Sunday night at her father’s apartment at the Roosevelt Homes, 1328 North 44th Street.
Calyia is the daughter of Claudia Rowling and Curtis Stringer, who released their pink balloons for their daughter first, and the crowd followed suit.
She was a bright, smart and funny little girl who had just started to understand the meaning of being happy in life, as her radiant smile always seems to melt hearts.
Family and friends of the 3-year-old girl who died after being shot in her bed this week came together for prayers, support and a call to action at Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park on Friday.
A lot of people who attending the vigil wore white T-shirts with #JusticeforCalyia written in pink, the favorite color of Calyia Elizabeth Stringer. the vigil began with a balloon release to honor Elizabeth, who was remembered as talkative and inquisitive and who loved unicorns and riding her bike.
Elizabeth’s grandfather Mark Samuels Sr. said “This is our grandbaby. Our little star. We’re going to celebrate her in a positive way however we can,”, “I could call it an accident, but that gun with no eyes on the bullet, it could have been me. We’re just doing what we can do.”
East St. Louis police and the Illinois State Police are currently investigating the shooting but are yet to release a description of any suspects.
$5,000 for tips leading to an arrest is the reward as announced by CrimeStoppers on Friday
Shemiko Harris a friend to the family said “We just want peace. I know whoever did that has no peace in their soul if they’re any part of a human being, to know they took an innocent baby’s life,”, “No family deserved to go through this.”
Police reports says, people were shooting at each other at the Roosevelt Homes about 9:30 p.m. Sunday when the bullet hit Calyia while she was asleep in bed in the second-floor apartment.
The family on hearing that their beautiful Calyia was brain-dead, decided and agreed to donate her organs.
This little girl’s death was just the beginning of a violent week in East St. Louis. On Tuesday, a 16-year-old boy, Troy Williams, was shot and killed near 84th and Washington streets. Also on Thursday afternoon, seven people, including a 4-year-old child, were shot near Martin Luther King Drive and North Sixth Street. The shooting sparked a 10-hour manhunt involving multiple police agencies. Three suspects were arrested about 2:30 a.m. Friday. That investigation is continuing.