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'It's on us': Community gathers to remember Nyiah Courtney, calls for end to gun violence

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Dozens of people gathered to remember Nyiah Courtney Wednesday afternoon in Southeast Washington.  The event was also held to call for an end to gun violence in the District. 

Residents gathered in Southeast Washington in the area where the 6-year-old was killed and five others were injured in a shooting last Friday night at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X Avenues, SE.

"We got babies dying and women dying.  We all have a responsibility, it's on us," Ward 8 DC Councilmember Trayon White said. 

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White also called on residents to unite and show love for each other.   

"We got to start loving our brothers more, we got to start loving our sisters more," another resident said.

A moment of silence and prayer took place during the conclusion of the event. 

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Police officers heard gunshots around 11 p.m. Friday and investigators said Nyiah and three men and two women were shot. All of the victims were taken to a nearby hospital. But authorities said the young girl died. All of the adults were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Last weekend, Andrea Courtney, Nyiah's grandmother, told 7News that the child's mother was shot while trying to protect the young girl from the gunshots. 

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Authorities said Monday that they have recovered a vehicle believed to be connected to the shooting

In addition, Nyiah's family says they have set up a CashApp for those who would like to donate. Nyiah's grandmother, Andrea, asks that any donations be made using CashApp to $andreacourtney. They say this is the only legitimate donation source the family has created.

Metropolitan Police are offering a $60,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s). They say to call 202-727-9099 or text 50411.

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