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Hundreds gather at vigil to remember Sierra Guyton

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) —Friends and family attended a vigil of a 10-year-old girl who died Sunday after months of fighting for her life.

Sierra Guyton died at Children’s Hospital after being shot on a playground May 21.

Our affiliate in Milwaukee, WISN-TV was at the vigil on Monday and said children launched dozens of pink, yellow and white balloons into the sky in hopes they would reach Sierra.

During the vigil, family members told stories, while others called to get guns off the street.

Sierra had been on life support for many weeks following the shooting.

"I know she's not suffering, and I know that she don't have to deal with the worries of this world no more," Sierra's father, Onjuan Guyton, said.

During Monday night's vigil, Sierra’s mother collapsed in grief.

The young girl’s grandmother said it’s been a difficult two weeks for their family.

"Sierra opened up a lot of people's eyes--- she opened a lot of people's eyes to the violence in the city,” grandmother Bridget Perry said. “But, I'm still gonna miss my baby."

Perry said they’ve also felt a lot of love from the community, and said they hope it lasts. They also hope there is an end to the violence soon.

"I'm tired of going to vigils-- I'm tired of seeing teddy bears and balloons tied on light posts because somebody struck down innocents in the streets of Milwaukee,” said a pastor at the vigil.

According to police, Sierra suffered a gunshot wound to the head after being caught in the crossfire between two men.

Sylvester Lewis and Jamey Jackson are in jail, accused in the shooting.

Authorities said the men were angry because one thought the other stole his baby’s clothing.

Prosecutors said Lewis knew children were on the playground when he fired eight shots at Jackson.

In the meantime, the playground is empty these days.

"I understand that. If I were a parent after that happened, you bet I'd be afraid to have my child play on that playground," Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said.

Barrett helped dedicate a vacant lot to trees that bear fruit and vegetables Monday morning at First and Locust. He said Sierra was on his mind.

"My vision for this neighborhood, for this city is for someone to be able to sit on that front porch, a grandma sit on her front porch and watch her grandchildren play safely in her front yard and we're not going to rest until that happens," Barrett said.

Sierra's dad said he's not going to rest either.

"It should not take for somebody to die, or a kid to get shot, for the community to stick together because if that's the case, you know, we're going to run out of people soon," Guyton said.

A vigil is scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday at 28th and Clarke streets. A balloon release will be held at 7:45 p.m.

 

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