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Peace rally for 7-year-old girl that was shot

Posted at 11:33 PM, Jul 08, 2018

On Sunday night a family is standing by not knowing if a 7-year-old girl will make it through the night.

Taylor Hayes was shot while sitting in the back of a car on Thursday night.

Baltimore City Police said the shooter isn't in custody and that this was a targeted attack.

Unfortunately, she's still there in the same condition as the night she was shot, critical and unstable.

Sunday afternoon a small group of community members in the Edmondson Village area came together with a message to stop the violence and for the shooters to come forward.

Terrence Sanders works up the road at a morgue.

He came to the rally with his 7-year-old daughter, she just asked why and how this could happen.

Sanders doesn’t have answers but wanted her to see something positive come out of the tragedy.

 “It’s heartbreaking because we look at babies and kids and then people that look just like me murdered on the streets on a daily basis,” Sanders said. “It definitely touches home but that’s why we’re here to try to show some support and love and be consistent with it.”

Baltimore City Police said 33-year-old Darnell Holmes was driving the car Taylor got shot in.

She was arrested on gun and drugs charges, but not charged in the shooting.

The shooter isn't in custody and police released this video of a 4 door Mercedes Benz.

They want to know who was driving it.

Kristerfer Burnett represents the 8th district where the young girl was shot.

He was out at the peace vigil because he’s sick of the young people in the neighborhood being scared to leave their homes.

 “We need to do more from the government side when it comes to employment and education and opportunities for our young people,” Burnett said. “The community also has to speak out and tell us who these folks are that terrorizing and bringing guns and violence to our neighborhoods. This is unacceptable.”

Larry Wallace's 8-year-old daughter was playing nearby when he heard a young girl had been shot.

His mind went to the worst place.

When he found his daughter unharmed and uninvolved her hugger her tight.          

He came out for Taylor because he can’t imagine the pain that her family must be feeling.

 “The kids can’t even come out and play no more like we used to play when we were young,” Wallace said. “We can’t even play, I didn’t even want my daughter to go to the store I took her to the store and brought her back . But The young lady got shot in the car. Basically, now I’m saying my kids got to duck down in the car while were e driving through the streets of Baltimore.”

Steven Barrett a local DJ is close to Taylor’s uncle.

When he heard what happened he decided to set up his DJ booth near where Taylor was shot, setting up a place for people to gather for peace.

“She would always come to the store right here. say hi to me," said Barrett.

Taylor's family has started a GoFundMe page for medical expenses.

Police are imploring the public to come forward with anything about the crime or suspects offering a $4,000 reward.

Anyone in the area who may have seen something should reach out to the Baltimore Police tip line at 443-902-4824, the Homicide Unit at 410-396-2100, or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP (1-866-756-2587).