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'We're burying more young folk than we are older people these days': 15-year-old girl shot, killed at Norfolk playground

September 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Norfolk Police are investigating a fatal shooting that took a teenager's life.

- A suspect is in custody after a fatal shooting that took a teenager's life Tuesday afternoon.

According to police, a call came in regarding a shooting in the 900 block of Pollard Street in the Lindenwood community around 4:50 p. m. The shooting happened at a playground.

“We're burying more young folk than we are older people these days," said community activist Clayton Marquez.

Neighbors tell us that while this is a quiet area, they do sometimes hear what sounds like gunshots or fireworks at night. While police have not officially released the victim's identity, they confirmed to News 3 that she is a girl.

The victim's cousin told us she was just 15 years old.

“She is 15 years old.

She don’t bother nobody; she’s a lovely person," said Derek James Kirksey, the victim's older cousin.

We are killing our own selves. ”Kirksey said he doesn't understand how a place where children play can turn into the scene of a crime.

"Please change your way of thinking," said community activist Bilal Muhammad. Muhammad says the girl who lost her life was more than a child.

"We have lost a leader; we have lost a future mother; we have lost a teacher," he went on to say.

Police are continuing to ask anyone who has any information about this homicide to submit a tip online here or call 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-562-5887).

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