The last thing Makiyah Wilson told her mom as she lay dying outside their DC apartment was to 'calm down' and that her wound was 'burning', the girl's mother revealed in a heartbreaking interview.
Makiyah was killed on Monday, days after her 10th birthday, when four suspects jumped out of a black sedan and opened fire in all directions in the courtyard of a Northeast DC apartment complex.
Donnetta Wilson said she was inside her apartment when her daughter left to go get some ice cream, according to a GoFundMe. Before Makiyah could even make it off their front stoop she was shot in the chest.
'I held my baby. The whole time she was saying: "Mommy calm down. It's burning." She was trying to get me to be calm,' Donnetta told NBC4 in an emotional interview on Wednesday.
'When she passed and took her last breath she was laying right there in front of her doorway. I saw blood, I saw my baby. I panicked. I don't really know what to do at this point.'
Donnetta said within minutes after getting shot her daughter had died.
Family members said Makiyah's 18-year-old sister was shot in the arm. She was released from the hospital and arrested on an unrelated charge when police learned she had a warrant.
Police said three other men were also injured during Monday's shooting.
'Makiyah, she was special,' Pandora Wilson, a relative, told NBC. 'She loved football; she loved all kinds of sports'.
She added: 'It's so hard to put it in words because it don't feel real. It's so senseless'.
DC police said around 8pm on Monday a black four-door Infiniti, with its rear bumper missing, pulled into the courtyard of the Clay Terrace Apartments.
Surveillance video released by police show the four occupants inside the vehicle jumping out and firing several shots before getting back into the car and speeding away.
About 15 to 20 people were in the courtyard at the time. Law enforcement said the suspects fired as many as 50 to 70 shots.
The car was located on Wednesday morning in Prince George's County. Authorities are still searching for the masked men.
'Cowards showed up on our streets in DC and used illegal firearms to murder a young, precious little girl,' DC Police Assistant Chief Chanel Dickerson said.
DC Councilmember Vincent Gray told Fox5that he thinks the shooting was some type of retaliation. Police have not said why the men opened fire on the crowd.
'They probably don't even know who they killed until the saw the news,' Gray said.
According to family members, Makiyah had just completed the fourth grade and recently celebrated her birthday.
Photos from her birthday party show the little girl dressed in a bright pink shirt, neon tutu and brightly colored socks. In a video her grandmother shared Makiyah smiles at the camera as she shoots her guests with a bright pink water gun.
'Let's take this so when you get older we can show the world what you looked like' her grandmother says in the video.
Now, Makiyah's family just wants her killers to come forward.
'God's gonna see that they get their justice. They are gonna have to answer for it, whether it's down here or up there,' Donnetta told Fox.
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