/Girl shot inside home dies on her 12th birthday: Officials

Girl shot inside home dies on her 12th birthday: Officials


A girl was shot inside an Illinois house just before her 12th birthday and later died on what would have been her special day, officials said Wednesday.

Kentavia Blackful was shot on Monday around 9 p.m. in a house in Harvey, a south suburb of Chicago, spokeswoman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Officer Natalia Derevyanny told ABC News.

She was pronounced dead on Tuesday, her 12th birthday, at Christ Hospital, according to Derevyanny.

She had been rushed to the hospital in critical condition following the shooting.

PHOTO: Kentavia Blackful in an undated photo.Family photo via WLS
Kentavia Blackful in an undated photo.

“It’s a shame that we’re sitting here in the house and we can’t even sit in the house. A child cannot play,” the girl’s grandmother told ABC Chicago station WLS. “Today is my baby’s birthday, and for them to take her birthday from her, and she has a basketball game today she was looking forward to this.”

Blackful’s grandfather, Dennis Hunt, told the station that he was standing outside on the porch when two people came up to him and opened fire.

One of the bullets then reportedly went through a window and struck Kentavia in the back of the head while she was sitting at the family computer, according to WLS.

Derevyanny said she could not confirm where Kentavia had been shot because they hadn’t yet received her body.

Kentavia lived at a home on the 15800 block of Paulina in Harvey, according to Derevyanny. The home where the shooting happened was also on that block.

Harvey police did not immediately respond to ABC News for comment, but told WLS that no one is in custody.

The superintendent of Harvey Public Schools District Number 152 identified the girl as a student at Brooks Middle School.

“Our thoughts are with her family and the greater Harvey School District 152 community,” Superintendent John F. Thomas said in a statement on Tuesday, before the girl had died.

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