Mourners remember 6-year-old killed in gang crossfire

June 3, 2021 GMT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds gathered to pay respects to one of the youngest victims of gun violence in Minneapolis.

A memorial service was held Wednesday for 6-year-old Aniya Allen at Shiloh Temple International Ministries. Speakers urged the community to come together to take a stand against the violence that has also recently taken the lives of 9-year-old Trinity Ottoson-Smith and 10-year-old Ladavionne Garrett Jr.

According to police, Aniya and her mother had just left a McDonald’s on the night of May 17 when they were caught in the crossfire of two rival gang members. Aniya was shot in the head while sitting in the back seat of her mother’s car.

At Wednesday’s service, one speaker after another remembered Aniya as a playful, energetic youngster who loved going swimming and movie nights. A poster at her service featured characters from the Disney movie “Frozen.”


Relatives said Aniya relished being a big sister and helped look after her younger siblings, and always volunteered to help with chores around the house, the Star Tribune reported.

After the service, the crowd walked outside, where Aniya’s family released blue and white balloons. Her family says Aniya was buried at Lakewood Cemetery, near Bde Maka Ska, where she used to play.

No arrests have been made in the shootings.