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Petersen family speaks out about their 5-year-old who was shot and killed

At a press conference Laylah Petersen's family thanked police and announced they're donating their child's heart.

In five short years, Laylah Petersen touched the heart of so many.

Photo in hand, and hand in hand, the family thanked the community and the officers who responded to their daughter's shooting scene.Tracy Martinez, an aunt says, \"You have made this a much easier process\"

Petersen's life was violently taken, while sitting with her grandfather. The memory of her smile is now a call to action.

Richard Schwoegler, Minister to Milwaukee Chaplain says, \"Our faith based community needs to stand up, get on the street and make a change.\"

The family says Laylah's legacy will be her heart, a final gift to another family. It's something Chief Flynn acknowledged.Ed Flynn, Milwaukee's Police Chief says, \"I'm going to have this picture of your baby right next to the pocket with my grand children. She's going to stay there. She's going to be in our hearts, like her little baby heart is going to be in someone else's.\"

While Laylah's life was stolen away police say it's a call to find the killers, and to never forget, what a senseless act stole away.

The family is asking that all gifts be dropped off to Our Lady of Hope, 7152 N 41st St., Milwaukee. All stuffed animals will be donated to the Milwaukee children's Hospital.

Fundraisers include \"Remembering Our Sweet Angel Laylah.\"

Laylah's wake on Wednesday from 9:30-10:30, mass 11 AM, funeral procession to follow. At Lady of Good Hope Church.

Vigil Sunday November 9th at 6 PM, 58th and Fairmount.

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