Friends at funeral grapple with death of 1-year-old
Posted January 2, 2016
Updated January 3, 2016
Chapel Hill, N.C. — 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."