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Vigil held to remember, pray for children shot in Southern Pines drive-by

Two children were shot in a drive-by shooting in Southern Pines around 4 p.m. at a home on West Michigan Avenue that was being used as a day care, according to the police chief.

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SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. — A crowd of about 200 people gathered Saturday night at a Southern Pines home to remember a 12-year-old girl who was killed, and a 3-year-old boy who was injured, in a drive-by shooting Friday.

According to officials, Jalinda Campbell was shot in the chest and died from her injuries. She was transported by ambulance and later died at Moore Regional Hospital. Kyleigh Graham was shot in the neck and flown by helicopter to Triangle Medical Center. He was listed in stable condition.

Speakers at the vigil called for an end to the senseless violence that has claimed the lived of too many young people in the community. People also spoke of the need for the community to come together and figure out who is responsible.

Authorities said the shooting occurred around 4 p.m. at an apartment complex at 714 W. Michigan Ave. at the corner of South Henley Street.

Police said the suspect and the intended target knew each other. Investigators know who they are but are not releasing their names at this time. Officials are actively looking for both men.

Campbell and Graham were innocent bystanders, police said. According to officials, Graham is the son of the intended target, and Campbell was a family friend of the target.

Campbell was a sixth grader at Southern Middle School. "She was well liked by her teachers and had a lot of friends," said principal Marcy Cooper. On Sunday, the principal, teachers and counselors will meet to work on a plan for providing counseling for students at school on Monday.

"Today, the families of Jalinda Campbell and Kyleigh Graham are suffering an overwhelming grief and heartache," said Chief Robert Temme of the Southern Pines Police Department. "A beautiful bright light has been extinguished, and another is struggling to shine on. Please draw comfort in knowing that the entire Southern Pines Police Department has pledged an unwavering commitment to the relentless pursuit of justice for all concerned."

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