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Vigil for Cleveland girl, 15, fatally shot Saturday

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CLEVELAND -- There's a rally and candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. tonight at E. 39th Street and Longwood Avenue for a 15-year-old girl shot and killed Saturday.

At 1 a.m. Saturday, a random shooting took the life of Danica "Tugga" Nelson, 15. Nelson was killed and two other people were wounded by gunshots at E. 39h Street and Longwood Avenue in Cleveland.

She and friends were leaving a "back to school" party in the neighborhood.

Nelson, of E. 64th Street, was shot in the head and died at MetroHealth Medical Center. Two other youngsters were wounded.

Two young men who were spotted spraying bullets into the crowd were confronted by security guards moments after the shooting, but they dropped the gun and ran away.

"If anybody knows anything that happened to my baby girl, just please come forward and tell me," begged Dwayne Nelson, Danica's father. "My baby girl did not deserve to go the way she did."

Danica's older brother, Nico Nelson, said his sister was "a beautiful girl." He pleaded with his father for any information about who shot her. "I mean this is just too much for me. Too much for me," he said.

Thousands of people have viewed and left messages on a memorial page on Facebook. Crimestoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information which leads to the arrest of the young gunmen.

Danica, a straight-A 10th grader in the pre-college program at Jane Addams High School, was a victim of what community leaders called "madness."

"They have lost their minds thinking it's OK to come into each other neighborhoods and brazenly and cowardly shoot down each other," said Khalid Samad of Peace in the Hood. "And there's no real reason for them doing this."

Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, community leaders, and residents will gather this evening in her memory and call attention to the violence that is claiming the lives of young people in Cleveland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, community leaders, and residents will gather this evening in her memory and call attention to the violence that is claiming the lives of young people in Cleveland.

"Danica had a bright future ahead of her," said Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland. "Again, senseless violence has claimed yet another young Clevelander who did not have a chance to succeed in life. I invite the community to gather with us tonight, heal with us and help bring Danica's killer to justice. We must unite as a community and take back our neighborhoods."

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