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Mothers of Murdered Offspring host vigil for 3-year-old Asiah Figueroa, killed at home by drive-by shooters

Police say several people fired nearly 150 rounds into his home while he was sleeping
Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 7:17 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A Charlotte community continues to mourn a senseless tragedy.

Mothers of Murdered Offspring hosted a vigil Monday for 3-year-old Asiah Figueroa, who was killed when drive-by shooters pumped about 150 rounds into his home on Richard Rozelle Drive.

Asiah’s father spoke and thanked everyone for their support.

“I appreciate you all showing my baby boy so much love, because I don’t have it, ya’',” his father said. “His memory will live on with us.”

[CMPD say shooting that killed 3-year-old tied to others involving students]

Asiah was fatally shot on Sept. 7, and his older sister was injured by the gunfire. She is expected to recover.

Police say several people fired nearly 150 rounds into his home while he was sleeping.

CMPD says the shooting is tied to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students and to several other shootings in Charlotte.

Mothers of Murdered Offspring host vigil for 3-year-old Asiah Figueroa, killed at home by...
Mothers of Murdered Offspring host vigil for 3-year-old Asiah Figueroa, killed at home by drive-by shooters(WBTV)

So far, two men have been charged in connection with the child’s death.

[’It was heartbreaking’: Community mourns death of 3-year-old killed in Charlotte drive-by shooting]

Jacob Lanier, 21, was charged with attempted murder, while 21-year-old Qua’tonio Stephens is charged with accessory. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to any more arrests.

Mothers of Murdered Offspring host vigil for 3-year-old Asiah Figueroa, killed at home by...
Mothers of Murdered Offspring host vigil for 3-year-old Asiah Figueroa, killed at home by drive-by shooters(WBTV)

[’It’s almost surreal:’ neighbors shaken by shooting that killed 3-year-old in Northwest Charlotte]

Lanier is facing nine counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling and conspiracy to commit murder charges. His bond was denied Monday.

Dozens attended Monday’s vigil for Asiah.

Music was played and speakers pleaded for the violence to stop.

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