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Friends at funeral grapple with death of 1-year-old

Posted January 2, 2016
Updated January 3, 2016

— It was a somber afternoon as friends and family filed into church for the funeral of a 1-year-old girl who was shot and killed on Christmas Day in a drive-by shooting.

Maleah Williams was shot while playing outside of a Chapel Hill apartment complex. She died three days later.

Police said the shots were fired from a vehicle as it was leaving an apartment complex. Witnesses said the shooting might have been retaliation for an argument that occurred earlier Christmas Day and that Maleah was an innocent victim.

On Saturday, friends were still trying to grasp why they had to bury the toddler.

"I’ve known (Maleah's mother) Tylena since I was in elementary school," said Destini Purefoy. "She was like a big sister to me. I knew (Maleah's death) hurt her really hard."

Ali Perrone went to high school with Maleah Williams' mother. Perrone never met the 1-year-old in person, but she kept in touch with her mother via Facebook.

"I thought I owed myself to pay respect to her," Perrone said. "Her daughter was so cute and had so much life to live."

Police charged three men with Maleah's death: Ramone Jamarr Alston, 22, and Pierre Je Bron Moore, 23, were charged with first-degree murder. Shaquille Oneill Davis, 22, was charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

In response to those charges Perrone said, "Hopefully they will get what they deserve."


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  • Freda Kerr Jan 3, 2016
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    Black Lives Matter concerns police actions against black citizens, not black on black crime.

    I'm encouraged that Rev. Barber said something about black on black crime (something about him has always rubbed me the wrong way). There is a major problem in the black community.... it's akin to the "machismo" thing in South america. I'm no psychologist but there is some psychological problem, where young men feel they have to shoot someone to get some "respect".....I know it's much more complicated than that, but something has to happen in the black community to counteract this self destructive attitude. Some things you just can't blame on the "white man".

  • Doug Bogard Jan 3, 2016
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    Sad about the little girl.
    Where and when it ends nobody can know.
    President Obama thinks that changing gun laws for the legal purchase of firearms, will curb this sensless hood rat mantality of doing driveby shootings.
    Until the punishment and the crime have equal results, nothing will ever change.
    The accused are nothing more than rabid animals that need to be put down. Reinstate the death penalty. Use a firing squad on those that commit murder with guns. Send the message, make it clear.

  • Roy Jones Jan 3, 2016
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    None but for the first time ever spoke on TV the rev barber stated the black community needs to address black on black crimes. maybe this is the first step in taking responsibility for ones action and quit blaming everyone for their own actions to make the community a safer place to live

  • Tom Boswell Jan 3, 2016
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    Does anyone know how many black lives matter signs were at the funeral?