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Suspect Charged In Shooting Death Of 9-Year-Old Ferguson Girl

A man has been charged in connection with the shooting death of Jamyla Bolden, the 9-year-old girl from Ferguson, Missouri, who was killed while doing her homework on Aug. 18.

De'Eris Brown, 21, was charged with second-degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action, and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon on Thursday.

Brown was identified by a witness as the person who shot through the bedroom window, KMOV reports. He allegedly confessed to the act.

Police have not announced Brown's motivation for the shooting but said Jamyla was not the target, according to the Associated Press. 

Jamyla was on her mother's bed doing school work when she was fatally shot by bullets coming through a window around 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 18. Police say it was not a drive-by shooting, and that Brown acted alone. 

"It was a tragedy," Interim Police Chief Andre Anderson told AP. "It had an impact on us, and it's certainly something that we all don't want to see again."

Jamyla's death sparked nationwide outrage, with calls for an end to gun violence and black-on-black violence. 

Brown's bond was set at $750,000. 

Sources: Associated Press via Fox News, KMOV / Photo Credit: Ferguson Police Department via NBC News


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