Memorial held for slain Pittsburgh teen

WASHINGTON, Pa. (WKBN) – Hugs and tears were abundant at a memorial near Pittsburgh for a 10-year-old shooting victim.

Dozens of relatives and neighbors attended the vigil in Washington, which is about 30 minutes south of Pittsburgh.

Taniyah Thomas was going from her bedroom to her mother’s when a shot fired through their apartment door and struck her head.

Police are now saying the girl’s mom awaiting trial on charges that she sold crack cocaine to an undercover informant.

Police are stopping short of saying that’s why the apartment was targeted by gunfire. The girl’s father spoke to our CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh.

“This right is a spirit stick they gave to my daughter. My baby was a cheerleader. She was bright, she was an honor roll student,” said her father. “She was beautiful. She was a beautiful spirit. They took her away from me. My daughter is gone.”

Taniyah’s mother was arrested on the drug charges in January. The mother’s live-in boyfriend also has past drug-related convictions. Both have been questioned. No suspects have been named or arrested in the shooting.

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