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Family of 5-year old killed in Milwaukee shooting thanks responding officers

Tuesday marks two months since the shooting death of 5-year old Laylah Petersen, on the eve of the tragic anniversary, Petersen's mother presented a special plaque to responding officers at Milwaukee Police Department's District 7.

The plaque says 'Laylah's Angels,\" it includes the names of all the officers that have helped her family through their tragedy.

\"There's something that I can say about each one of our first responding officers and the officers that continued to afterwards,\" said Ashley Fogl, Petersen's mother.

Tuesday marks two months since Petersen was killed by stray gunfire.  Petersen was sitting in her grandfather's lap, like 5-year old's should be.

\"My baby was listening to her sister read,\" recalled Fogl, \"we have our routine, sissy reads and Laylah listens.\"

Nearly 60 days later, no word on who killed Petersen.  Alongside Sierra Guyton and Bill Thao, she's one of 3 Milwaukee children who died in shootings last year.

\"There's too many young men out there with too many guns,\" said Chief Ed Flynn, of the Milwaukee Police Department, \"and somehow, they've defined masculinity with random, wanton violence.\"

Police and Petersen's family won't rest until they find her killer.

\"If we find out who you are, you're going to spend the rest of your life in jail,\" said Chief Flynn.

\"There's somebody out there that's betraying our community,\" said Fogl, \"there's somebody out there that can hurt somebody else.\"

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.  The number to call is 414-935-7360. 

Petersen's family will also hold a fundraiser to raise money for her headstone.  The fundraiser will be held Tuesday at BD's Mongolian Grill at Bayshore Town Center in Glendale.  Diners will need to tell the dining room staff they are there for the Laylah Petersen Fundraiser.    
  

 

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