The Ferguson Police Department is investigating the tragic shooting death of 9-year-old Jamyla Bolden. According to local new station KMOV, the fourth-grader was lying on her mother’s bed working on homework around 9:30 pm Tuesday night when she was shot. A bullet also hit the girl’s mother in the leg, but she is expected to live.
“I never in a million years thought that I’d be laying my daughter to rest,” said James Bolden, Jamyla’s father.
The girl’s grandmother ran into the bedroom and discovered that she’d been injured moments after the shooting.
“I kept holding and holding her,” the grandmother, who asked not to be identified, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I still have her blood on my hands. She was still breathing. I was telling her to just breathe.”
Two officers quickly responded to the scene, and tried desperately to keep the elementary school student alive. Unfortunately, she later died from her injury. The girl’s mother, 34, was taken to an area hospital where she was treated and released.
Investigators say that the shots were fired from outside of the home. Five bullet holes were discovered on the house’s exterior. So far, no arrests have been made in connection to the shooting, and police have not disclosed any possible leads or motives. Relatives of Jamyla are encouraging anyone with information to contact Ferguson police.
“Don’t just do it for me. Do it for her. Do it for a 9-year-old child that didn’t even get to see the rest of the world,” said James.
Jamyla was a student at Koch Elementary in the Riverview Gardens School District.
“She was very sweet, kind and soft-spoken,” said Melanie Powell-Robinson, a spokeswoman for Riverview Gardens schools. “We’re trying to figure out why in the world did this happen. We just can’t make sense of this.”
We send our prayers to the Bolden family during this difficult time.