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3-Year-Old Amiracle Williams Killed in the Crossfire of a Facebook Argument

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Amiracle Williams was just 3 years old when she was shot and killed this week due to a Facebook argument.

Some teenagers from the local high school were in a dispute that stemmed from Facebook and escalated in front of the Williams home. 

A group of young women were locked in a physical fight with Amiracle’s older sister, 17. Amiracle’s father, 47, “felt his daughters may have been in some sort of danger and responded by shooting one person at the scene,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig told the Huffington Post

Another person involved in the fight responded by unleashing a hail storm of bullets into the Williams’ home using a high-powered TEC-9 machine gun. Amiracle’s mother, father and sister were also injured, but are expected to recover. It is suspected that Amiracle’s father, who has yet to be identified, shot someone during the altercation.

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The investigation is ongoing but as of last Friday, the Detroit Police Department had two suspects in custody, the 22-year-old suspected second shooter and his 23-year-old getaway car driver, who was shot in the gunfire exchange. According to police, the second shooter has an outstanding warrant on a felony charge in Virginia. At least one of the men is known to have ties to local gangs.

After being released from the hospital, Amiracle’s mother attended a vigil for her slain daughter. “She was just a joy to me,” she told WXYZ Detroit. “Just seems like I can’t make it without her.”

With “a heavy heart” Chief James Craig addressed new police academy graduates the day after the shooting. Chief Craig said ”[The shooting was] a decision made by a coward, once again, another coward that goes out and engages in senseless violence.” 

The graduation ceremony, which was held at Greater Grace Temple, gave a moment of silence for Amiracle Williams. "When we think about the loss of our young angel, Amiracle Williams, the tragedy of someone so young... we fight for all, we fight for our young,” he said.

Sources: WDIV4, The Huffington Post, The Root, WXYZ Detroit

Photo via WXYZ Detroit