Posted: 10:46 p.m. Saturday, July 20, 2013
OAKLAND, Calif. —
The Oakland family whose child was killed after their apartment was sprayed with bullets told KTVU Saturday that they were terrified to return home.
The gunfire Wednesday night at a kids' sleepover killed a little girl who was a guest, and the head of that household was still taking it hard days later.
Brea Colbert was at work when someone came to her door- and as three kids rushed toward it- a barrage of bullets ripped through it.
Brea's daughter Amara was shot in the shoulder, her son Antoine had bullets graze his stomach, and their grandmother was wounded too.
But the gunfire that caught eight year old Alyasha Carradine killed her.
“This is a tragedy, and I feel just so bad, so bad about happened,” said Colbert. “I loved that girl like she was my own....oh man...she and my daughter would play together, do things together…”
Alaysha and Amara were best friends, attending the same school. Their classmates sent these messages since the shooting. The two girls were inseparable.
“She'd come over here and it was no problem, it was okay, she can come, this was like her second home,” said Colbert.
Colbert says she feels terrible for Alaysha's mother, who was out of town, when she got the urgent call: come home.
“I'm like tell me, I'm not comin’ home till you tell me what's going on ,and he was like, ‘Ladybug is dead,” said Chiquita Carradine, the victim’s mother.
“Ladybug” was Alaysha's nickname since she was a baby. She and her mom had talked on the phone the day she died.
“I was like, ‘You been having a lot of fun while I been gone?’ she's like, ‘Yeah I been having a lot of fun,’” said Carradine. “She is so sweet, that little girl is so sweet, I don't know anybody could take her life.
“I just want to get justice for her death. I don't feel like the person who just took her life should be able to roam the streets and be free when I don't get to spend any more days with my baby,” said Carradine.
Colbert says she has no idea why someone would target her household. She hopes the killer is caught, but relatives say they'll never return to live here.
“Someone they don't know, shot up the house, so everyone is feeling fearful now, until that person is caught,” said Colbert.
The two wounded kids, age four and seven, are out of the hospital now and recovering.
“It took a couple of days for me to explain to my child that her best friend is gone,” said Colbert. “And all she can say is, ‘Ladybug, I miss her.”
Alaysha was the youngest of seven children shot to death in Oakland this year; the others were all teenagers.
Oakland Police said Saturday night that there was nothing new to report in the investigation, but there was a $35,000 reward for information leading to the killer.