Cleveland: Tears and anger over death of 15-year-old

10:42 PM, Aug 29, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND - Hundreds gathered at the exact place where DaNica Nelson lost her life.

They brought flowers, posters, teddy bears and candles.

The 15-year-old was leaving a "back-to-school" party on Longwood Avenue, around 1 a.m. Saturday, when shots rang out and three teens in the crowd were hit by bullets.

Two received minor injuries.  DaNica was shot in the head, and died.

"She was a good girl. She loved her mother, her father. A typical everyday teenager. This is a way of God just taking her home at an early age," said Eddie McGlothin, DaNica's grandfather.

Police are searching for two young men, possibly 20-years-old or younger, in connection with the shooting.  Police recovered the gun used, and a security guard saw the two men running away after the shooting.

As investigators search for clues, DaNica's family is rallying the community's support to stop the violence.

"You can't call the bullets back once you pull the trigger," said her aunt.

"I just want all these young people to stop hurting each other. Somebody's got to break the chain. Stop doing what's wrong. Just love one another," said her uncle, Charles Simms.

They're also asking anyone with information on the shooting to step forward and speak up.

"We loved her dearly and we miss her," said a friend.

Known as "Tugga" to her friends and family, DaNica was a straight-A student at Jane Addams High School, and was enrolled in the pre-college program. 

She dreamed of one day being a nurse.

Another shooting happened at the same neighborhood, less than one month ago.

The crowd also collected donations to help DaNica's family pay for a funeral, which will likely take place on Friday.  Donations can also be made in DaNica Nelson's name, at Key Bank.

 

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