You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

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.

Continue reading below

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.

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.