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No arrests in slaying of 11-year-old Chicago girl

CHICAGO — Police searched on Sunday for the killer of an 11-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet fired into her friend’s home during a slumber party on Friday.

A police spokeswoman, Janel Sedevic, said Sunday afternoon that no one has been arrested. He declined to say if there were suspects.

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Investigators believe the shooter was aiming at a rival in a gang dispute. The bullet went through an open window of the house, pierced a wall, and struck Shamiya Adams in the back of the head.

Shaneetha Goodloe, the mother of the victim, did not allow the girl or her twin brother to play outside because she was so afraid of Chicago’s street violence, the girl’s great-grandmother said Sunday.

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Lourene Miller said that if Shamiya wanted to hang out with friends, she had to remain indoors. ‘‘My granddaughter would cry every time she’d see a child killed on the news [and] Shamiya was never just out.’’

Shamiya was one of four people killed by guns in Chicago since Friday night, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Thirty-two others were wounded.

Miller said her family did all it could to protect the little girl, yet must now make plans to bury her.

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‘‘It is just terrible out here,’’ she said. ‘‘These young guys out here are shooting and a lot of times they miss their target and they always hit somebody innocent.’’

Miller said her great-granddaughter had recently had a friend over for a sleepover and on Friday night it was the other girl’s turn to host a sleep-over.

Associated Press

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