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Boy, 8, shot, killed in Detroit

A friend held Jamre Pearson, the father of 8-year-old Jakiri Pearson, who died after being shot as he slept.

David Coates/Detroit News via Associated Press

A friend held Jamre Pearson, the father of 8-year-old Jakiri Pearson, who died after being shot as he slept.

DETROIT — An 8-year-old boy who was sleeping early Wednesday died after a bullet fired from outside went through the home’s wall and into his bedroom, hitting him, Detroit police said.

The child was struck once about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Brewster Homes complex on Detroit’s east side, Officer Adam Madera said, and pronounced dead about 45 minutes later at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

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No arrests were immediately made, but Detroit police were speaking with a ‘‘person of interest’’ in the case, Madera said.

The boy’s name wasn’t released by police, but The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press identified him as Jakari Pearson.

Grief-stricken relatives declined to be interviewed. But neighbor Tenesha Higgins said there were ‘‘five or six’’ very loud booms, something she said is common in the public housing complex several miles northeast of downtown.

‘‘I was just laying down to sleep,’’ Higgins said. ‘‘I heard the gunshots. It sounded like it was literally in front of the house. I waited, then I heard screaming and police sirens.

‘‘I opened the door and the boy was laying in the street,’’ she said, adding it appeared the mother’s boyfriend was trying to rush him to the hospital.

‘‘He was a good boy,’’ Higgins said. ‘‘He liked to play baseball.’’

Neighbors and passers-by started a makeshift memorial of stuffed bears, dogs, and other toy animals on the front porch of the home. Propped on the toys were handwritten cardboard signs that read: ‘‘Children are the future’’; ‘‘Give our children a chance’’; and ‘‘United we stand . . . Stop the violence!!!!’’

Jakari’s slaying follows the July 1 shooting death of a 2-year-old girl in Inkster, southwest of Detroit. Police in that case have said KaMiya Gross was killed in front of her father as retaliation from an earlier shooting. Two men are charged in her death.

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