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Funeral services held Wednesday for 3-year-old boy shot, killed in Charlotte home

Asiah Figueroa was killed when police say several people shot around 150 rounds shot into his home on Sept. 7.
Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 6:34 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2021 at 8:01 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A 3-year-old shot and killed in northwest Charlotte was laid to rest Wednesday.

Asiah Figueroa was killed when police say several people shot around 150 rounds shot into his home on Sept. 7. His older sister was injured by the gunfire. She is expected to recover.

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But it wasn’t just family at the funeral. Dozens of community members and leaders were there to pay their respects, including activist Gemini Boyd.

“I’m praying that not only the community has woken up I’m praying that this city has now said something has to be done,” Boyd said.

Boyd says this tragedy must be a turning point for Charlotte where the violence is finally stopped.

“It’s time for this city to say, ‘Look we need to find out who’s doing what, how they’re doing it and let’s get at the table and see what we can do to prevent anything like this ever happening again,’” he said.

Investigators with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says the shooting is tied to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students and to several other shootings in Charlotte.

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

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.

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

Although two adults were arrested, police still believe there are others responsible who are teenagers.

“We just can’t share any specifics about those individuals,” said Lt. Bryan Crum with CMPD. “We have tremendous amount of information; we have been very fortunate to have a lot of people in the community and parents and everyone asking the important questions and sharing information with us.”

Funeral services for Asiah took place at 12:30 p.m. at the StoneBridge Church Community, located at 3700 Prosperity Church Road.

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