Topeka family holds balloon release for 13-year-old victim of accidental shooting
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Friends and family of a Topeka teen who was fatally shot last weekend came together for a celebration of her life.
An accidental shooting led to Tara Williams losing a daughter and Amani Grace losing a best-friend.
“I just miss her more than anything, I miss my baby, I wish I could just have her back and all of this can be a nightmare, I just.. I miss my daughter,” said Williams.
“Never one day that crossed my mind, I never thought I was going to lose somebody like her, I never thought we were going to have to say goodbye to her at an early age,” said Grace.
“I know she was only 13 and it was an accident but I never thought I would have to say goodbye to somebody that meant the world to me.”
Last weekend, Topeka police found DaMya Hudnall suffering from a single gunshot wound to the back of her head.
She was taken to a local hospital for treatment and days later, she was taken off life support.
Hudnall’s family and friends came together on Saturday to celebrate a life that was taken too soon.
“She has an army behind her for sure, she’s always had a lot of friends, it beautiful I love the support from the community, its a great feeling,” said Williams.
Her friends say that she had a certain personality that will never be forgotten. “She was always joyful, she really never let her sadness get to her, she’s always had a smile and she was very sweet,” said Ciara Honeyman.
“Anytime I was in a bad mood, she was always there for me, she was like my little sister,” said Grace.
She was a seventh-grade student at Eisenhower Middle School. Topeka Public Schools is promoting gun safety as it remembers DaMya Hudnall.
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