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'Remember My Child': Mother calling for vigil after the death of her 16-year old daughter

Posted at 7:57 PM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 07:07:47-04

BALTIMORE — While the nation and Baltimore called for justice for George Floyd, a 16 year old girl was shot and killed in Southwest Baltimore.

Her mother is calling on the city to show up Friday with the same energy to stop all violence in our city.

Ala’Junaye Davis’ mother says she was a ball of energy.

“Always loves dancing, always smiling, always in the bathroom mirror doing TikToks,” said Brandi Thomas. “The latest dances, she knew them.”

She was a great big sister and student at National Academy Foundation.

Police say she was killed inside of a friends car Saturday, and a 30-year-old man was also shot.

Thomas said her daughter's death was random, but that’s the problem in Baltimore.

“The trip to the gas station cost my child her life. That’s all there is to it,” Thomas said. “ She’s at the wrong place at the wrong time, it’s just that you can’t live in fear.”

She’s holding a vigil at city hall Friday at 6 p.m. and hopes to see a big turnout like she’s seen the last few days for George Floyd.

“Me doing this vigil protest for my 16-year-old child I’m basically representing everybody who lost a loved one. Regardless if it was a child, a husband, a neighbor.”

As a mother going through the pain right now she wants the entire city to feel her frustration and outrage over the senseless violence that's costing young lives.

“It’s a pain you would never ever want to feel because it’s actually like you can literally feel your heart breaking knowing a piece of you is gone and you can’t get it back.”

Her hope? That more mothers don’t have to keep feeling the way she does.