Second murdered child buried in New Orleans in two weeks
For the second weekend in a row, the New Orleans community has had to say a final farewell to a young child.
11-year-old Arabian Gayles was laid to rest Saturday.
The youngster was shot in the head while sleeping in her home, just days after 1-year-old Londyn Samuel was shot and killed in her babysitter's hands on a street corner.
Friends and family filled the Prayer Tower Church of God in Christ to remember and celebrate young Gayles' short life.
Gayles and her cousin Paulreiona Cary, 11, were asleep in the living room when a gunman fired several shots into the house. Cary was shot in the arm and elbow and is now recovering. A 38-year-old man also survived a gunshot wound to the back while walking outside.
Saturday the wounds were still visible on her cousin Cary, who wore a pink cast in remembrance of her best friend.
As Gayles' friends and family continue to grieve over her loss, they are taking comfort in one thing.
"We know she is in heaven and we are rejoicing over that," said Hy McEnery, who ministered to Gayles when she attended weekly Bible study at his ministry.
Police have yet to make an arrest in Gayles' murder, and are asking the public to be on the lookout for the alleged getaway car.
It's a white 2013 Volkswagen CC Sport. If can help police you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111.