Family of 10-year-old Machole Stewart, killed in drive-by shooting, begs for answers

Posted at 6:59 PM, Oct 27, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-28 06:03:41-04

Two innocent girls killed in less than two weeks.

Angel Hooper, 6, died in a drive-by shooting in South Kansas City on October 17.

Machole Stewart, 10, died when bullets ripped through her home in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday night.

According to police reports, a shooter opened fire outside Stewart's home at the 1400 block of New Jersey Avenue Sunday night.

While KCK Police searched for new details Monday, Stewart's family gathered at the Forest Grove Baptist Church, praying for answers.

Coco, as her friends knew her, was in fifth grade at Edison Elementary School and on the drill team.

"She just loved skating, being a jokester," Martika Stewart, Machole's aunt, said. "Anybody who knew Machole you knew you were going to get a good laugh when she come around."

Family members said there were several people inside the house when the shooting started, including Machole, her 19-year-old brother and 16-year-old cousin who all sat on the ground level.

The young girl was the only one struck.

Police haven't made an arrest but are hopeful to make on soon, for everyone's sake.

"We spent some time this morning with the officers who responded to this call," Chief Ellen Hanson of KCK Police said. "You could see on their faces the impact it had on them."

The family and the police are asking for the community's help.

"I think it's time to get these people off the streets, it's been going on well too long, everyone knows who it is," Tamika Pledger, a spokesperson for the family said.

Stewart's family has planned a prayer vigil at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Forest Grove Baptist Church, 1417 N. 9th St.

Police haven't released a suspect description. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline (816) 474-TIPS.