Hundreds mourn slain 9-year-old Ferguson girl
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Hundreds gathered to remember a 9-year-old girl who was killed when shots were fired into her Ferguson home as she did homework on her mother's bed.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that fourth-grade classmates of Jamyla Bolden sang in front of her casket Saturday. The shooting Aug. 18 in the St. Louis suburb also left Jamyla's 34-year-old mother wounded. After searching more than a week, authorities charged a 21-year-old O'Fallon man with second-degree murder.
Jamyla's killing brought renewed attention to Ferguson, where Michael Brown was fatally shot by officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014.
The pastor at Friendly Missionary Baptist Church spoke to Jamyla's family as the funeral began. The Rev. Michael Jones told them the shooting has "wounded" the whole community, region and country.