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Candlelight vigil held for 15-year-old girl shot, killed in East Cleveland

Posted at 8:28 PM, Jul 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-11 23:34:29-04

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — Family and friends of Ke’Viania James, the 15-year-old East Cleveland girl who died after being shot in the head, held a candlelight vigil to honor her life.

The vigil was held near the location where Ke’Viania was shot on July 5.

"I just want justice for my daughter and my soul wont rest until I have that peace," said Ke'Viania's mother, Semika James. "I want answers."

Semika James said she spoke to her daughter just 15 minutes before she was shot.

"She never made it, never made it," she said.

You can watch video from the vigil below:

On July 5 around 12:46 p.m., officers were called to the area of Alleghany and Northfield avenues after receiving a report that Ke’Viania had been shot in the head, police said.

Ke'Viania was transported to University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in critical condition. Two days after being shot, she died from her injuries, police said.

Ke'Viania was a sophomore at Brush High School where she cheered and played basketball. Those who knew Ke'Viania said she had a beautiful smile and was full of life.

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