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Thought to be dead in quadruple shooting, 7-year-old making progress in recovery

Posted June 27

— Her family thought she was dead.

Now, after a month in critical condition, a 7-year-old is making strides in her recovery. Deniya Irving's family told News 4 that last Friday the girl began breathing on her own. In fact, Irving was even moving her arms again.

All of this progress follows a quadruple shooting that occurred on June 1. It was a shooting that claimed the lives of Irving's mother and father. Back then, the family thought they had lost Irving to the shooting as well. But then they later told News 4 that the girl was not dead, but she was brain dead.

The shooting that killed Irving's parents was the first of three quadruple shootings that occurred in the city over a four-day span.

Following the shooting, Irving's aunt Erica Cunningham had a message for the killer.

What would you do if this was your daughter," Cunningham said. "How would you feel? That's the question I really want the killers to answer to my family."

After nearly a month of searching, police now have a suspect in the shooting. Jerome Leon Buress Jr. turned himself into police Sunday. He is currently in custody at St. Louis Police headquarters and does not have a bond.

Police told News 4 people that knew something about the shooting may have been too afraid to come forward to authorities. It's a theme the circuit attorney is working to change.


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