A family in Georgia is in mourning after their 3-year-old relative accidentally shot their 5-year-old loved one on Thanksgiving Day. The family says it was accidental however police are investigating the shooting.
5-year-old girl is killed on Thanksgiving by 3-year-old relative in ‘accidental shooting’
On Thursday night, Khalis Eberhart was fatally shot in the chest while with her family at a South Fulton apartment, WXIA , WSB-TV and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution report. She was taken to a nearby hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.
Police are investigating the shooting, which her family says was accidental.
According to authorities and family, Khalis was shot by her 3-year-old relative with an unsafe weapon.
She leaves behind an older brother, 6, and her twin.
“She and her twin had a great bond. When you saw one, you saw the other. They were always holding hands, hugging. They were always together. They talked to each other. They had a language that no one else could understand,” Khalis’ grandmother, Tracy Towns, told WXIA.
Khalis’ death comes on the heels of that of his mother, who passed away earlier this year. The family had just recovered from her death when they tragically lost another member. To honor the girl’s memory, they held a candlelight vigil, PEOPLE reports.
The grandmother also created a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Khalis’ funeral. It has raised $2,250 of its $8,000 goal amount as of Monday.