MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) - Loved ones said their final farewell to an 8-year old girl killed by gunfire in Northwest Miami-Dade.
Grief-stricken friends and family gathered around little Jada Page’s light blue casket at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, in Miami Gardens, Saturday afternoon. “If I could tell you how much I love you a thousand times, it still wouldn’t be enough,” said her mother, Rosalind Brown, as she spoke next to her daughter’s casket.
The crowd prayed for the 8-year-old who lost her life in a drive-by shooting outside her grandmother’s house, Aug. 28. Police said Jada was shot in the head while standing outside the residence.
She was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she died two days later. Her father, James Page, was also shot, but he survived.
In an attempt to bring some light to the somber occasion, Brown and other mourners were dressed in white, and Jada’s casket was even adorned with bright emojis. “I’m not sure where I’m going to go from here,” said Brown. “I’m not sure how I’m even going to function. Eight years was way too short.”
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and at least one Miami-Dade School Board member were among those paying their respects at the church.
Antioch Pastor Arthur Jackson said community residents need to come forward to help police apprehend those responsible for acts of gun violence that claim innocent lives. “I hope and pray that when they see the hurt and pain and the senseless violence, particularly against innocent kids, 8 years old, that the community will get together and put an end to this,” he said.
Community leaders also urged residents to notify authorities if they know anything. “This is so wrong. There is no reason that the caskets are getting smaller,” said Miami-Dade School Board member Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall. “Come in, and let’s work this out.”
“We take moments like this preferably to galvanize the community, for the community to rally around this senseless act,” said Jackson, “to get the community to understand that if you see something, to say something.”
The sight of Jada’s small casket being placed into a glass hearse pulled by white horses is a difficult image for any parent to endure.
It’s no wonder Brown watches her daughter’s videos over and over. In this time of heartache, Brown said, those images bring her laughter.
“I’m going to keep watching those videos,” she said. “Oh, God. I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, baby.”
Police are still looking for the shooter.
If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.
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