Crime

15-Year-Old Girl Killed In Drive-By Shooting

| by Michael Howard
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A Kansas City teenager was shot and killed Sept. 2 while sitting outside her friends' apartment.

Brannae Browne, 15, was on the porch with two friends around 6:30 p.m. when a Chevy Impala approached them, according to WDAF. A passenger inside the vehicle began shooting at the apartment building, at which point Browne and her friends reportedly ran.

Browne was hit in the stomach. Her cousins, Tahsay and Tanesha Horton, who were across the street at the time of the shooting, brought Browne into their apartment where she died from her injuries.

The Horton sisters described their final moments with their cousin.

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"I was saying, 'Brannae Brannae Brannae. Please don't leave us. Brannae, stay with us, stay with us,'" Tahsay said.

"I'm on the phone with the ambulance, [she's] just laying there, barely breathing," Tanesha said.

The paramedics did not arrive in time.

"The last time we said her name, she turned her head and looked at me and my sister and she had her fingers crossed like this, and that's when she took her last breath," Tahsay recalled.

Browne was a sophomore at J.C. Harmon High School and had plans to become a dentist.

"Everybody loved her," Tanesha said. "Everybody loved Brannae."

The shooting is the second one to target the apartment building in the last month. The Hortons say the violence is due to a vague dispute between teenage boys.

"I asked them when they first came through here, when this stuff at first happened, I asked them, ... 'Why? What is y'all funking for? Whatever y'all say. What is all this for?'" Tahsay said. "They don't know. They really can't tell you."

Browne had reportedly been dating the Hortons' 17-year-old brother, who is currently in police custody for participating in a previous shoot-out with a rival gang. The Hortons believe members of this gang are responsible for Browne's death.

Tanesha has vowed to fight until Browne's killers are brought to justice.

"As long as I got breath in my body, as long as I'm breathing, justice will be served for Brannae," she said.

Authorities have yet to identify the perpetrators of the drive-by attack, in which two others were injured but are expected to survive. One suspect has reportedly been arrested. Charges have yet to be filed, however.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for the burial and funeral arrangements. As of Sept. 7, 53 people have donated $2,100.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is encouraged to call the anonymous TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

Sources: WDAF, GoFundMe / Photo credit: Shanta Barnett via GoFundMe

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