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Vigil Held For 8-Year-Old Girl Shot And Killed At Oakland Sleepover

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Oakland shooting victim Alaysha Carradine. (Sharon Smith/CBS)

Oakland shooting victim Alaysha Carradine. (Sharon Smith/CBS)

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OAKLAND (KCBS)— Oakland Police are looking for witnesses to a multiple shooting that left an eight-year-old girl dead at a sleepover. Meanwhile, dozens from the community in Oakland’s Dimond neighborhood gathered Thursday night for a vigil and prayed for the little girl.

There was no mistaking the feelings of anger, shock and sadness as “Amazing Grace” was sung at the vigil for Alaysha Carradine. Calls were made for an end to the violence.

While the victim’s family was not there, neighbors and a few dozen people from throughout the community held hands and spoke out. Among them was the mother of Oscar Grant, Wanda Johnson.

“My son was only 22, but this is a baby. This baby has not even gone to high school. She doesn’t have an opportunity to be married. She doesn’t have an opportunity to have children,” Johnson said.

Oakland Interim Police Chief Sean Whent was also in attendance at the 3400 block of Wilson Avenue. He said his department is going to do everything they can to catch the shooter.

“We do have some leads, but this is one that witnesses are going to be key in. We’re really hoping that in a neighborhood like this that there will be people that saw something,” said Whent.

The shooting also left a four-year-old boy, seven-year-old girl and their 64-year-old grandmother wounded. They are all expected to survive.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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