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Mourners pack IE chapel to remember slain tot

September 22, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Mourners packed a chapel in San Bernardino on Thursday morning to remember the life of 3-year-old Nylah Franco-Torrez.

A wreath of flowers in the shape of a purse and another in the shape of a high heel stood next to photos of the little girl who loved to dress up.

The service was held at Harrison Ross Mortuary in San Bernardino.

The girl was shot and killed while playing in front of a home in the 1300 block of North D Street on Sept. 12. Her aunt, La-Donna Howie and her daughter Justine, were also critically injured in the shooting.

During the service many wore T-shirts memorializing the victims of the violence. As a video of Nylah played in the background, there were prayers offered and thanks given.

Deputies say 19-year-old Brandon Barnes opened fire on the home in retaliation against a man who lived there, who had confronted Barnes earlier in the day after he saw him hitting a woman outside a market.

A memorial to Nylah remains outside the home where the little girl lost her life.

Barnes faces one count of murder and seven counts of attempted murder for the shooting. He has pleaded not guilty.

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