KANSAS CITY, Kan. (KCTV) – A family in Kansas City is mourning the death of a 10-year-old girl after the family’s home was targeted by gunmen.
Just as Madison Bumgarner was throwing out the first pitch, someone sprayed bullets over a two-block area.
As the gunfire started, Machole Stewart was snuggled on the couch with her mother, who ordered the children to get down on the ground.
The woman, her 19-year-old son and a 16-year-old child all jumped to the floor.
However, Machole, who was also known as Coco, ran for a back room.
She was hit by a bullet and died instantly.
“She didn’t get to live her life and she was just 10-years-old,” said Martika Stewart, Machole’s aunt. “All I ask is for someone to give her justice.”
The girl’s family believes a gunman was targeting another relative.
“This baby didn’t deserve this. She didn’t get to live life at all,” Stewart said.
Machole was the second child in Kansas City to be killed by gun violence within the last couple of weeks.
On Oct. 17, 6-year-old Angel Hooper was shot and killed as she was unwrapping candy while leaving a convenience store with her father.
So far, the drive-by shooter has not been caught.
“We’ve buried too many of our babies,” said Alvin Brooks, founder of Adhoc Group Against Crime. “We’ve buried too many in our community. That’s the African-American community, it has to be said. We in the African-American community we’ve got to do better about how we raise our children and their role models.”
“The fact that our children are being murdered that should rattle your soul,” said Nina Oliver, a community leader.