Shaniya's family is now struggling to cope with her senseless death. Shaniya's father, Bradley, says the support he's received—from as far as Iraq—is helping him stay strong. "[I'm] just staying focused on making sure we give Shaniya the best homecoming we can."

Bradley's sister Carey Lockhart-Davis was like a second mother to Shaniya. "I am disgusted but yet in so much pain at this point," she says. "She was such a vibrant child and such an important part of my life and it is hard at this time for me to understand as to why someone would take this sweet blessing away from me."


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