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Toddler's killing brings San Bernardino community together

September 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
There has been an outpouring of sympathy and support for the family of a little girl whose life was taken too soon.

People have taken flowers, candles, stuffed animals and balloons to a San Bernardino home where a 3-year-old girl was shot and killed Monday.

"If they would have knew her, everybody would have loved her," said Yvonne Torrez, the mother of the little girl who died. "She was just a ray of sunshine you would want to see every day."

On that night, detectives say a man was walking in the working-class neighborhood when he saw a man beating a woman and intervened, allowing her to get away.

Police believed the suspect in that assault followed the good Samaritan to his house then returned later with a handgun. He started shooting at the home where family members had gathered on the front porch.

The toddler died from her wounds.

A 22-year-old pregnant mother and her 3-year-old daughter were shot and injured as well. The mother is in stable condition but the girl, who was shot in the head, is in critical condition.

Detectives said they're working around the clock to bring the suspect to justice.

"Somebody killed a 3 year old in cold blood and put another one in the hospital, so yeah, there's outrage," San Bernardino Police Lt. Gwendolyn Waters said.

The community is coming together to help the family. Donation jars are placed at the local market and people are leaving donations at the site of the makeshift memorial.

"I just want to thank everybody that's come by, give us a prior, put candles out for my daughter, put flowers out, teddy bears," Torrez said. "It means a lot to this family."