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Cousin hopes killer comes forward after 13-year-old girl is gunned down at birthday party

Posted at 5:30 PM, Feb 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-04 05:49:38-05

Newport News, Va. - Ten months after 13-year-old Jada Richardson was shot and killed at a birthday party, police still have no leads. Today, the girl's cousin is making a public plea for her killer to come forward.

"She was really goofy," said 20-year-old Kahdijah Sedgwick. "Anyone who knew Jada knows just being in her presence would brighten up your day."

Richardson was shot and killed outside of a birthday party on 25th Street in Newport News last April.

"We've been trying to reach out, but it's really getting to us now. We just want justice," Sedgwick said.

17-year-old Domingo Santiago Davis was also gunned down at the party. Police back then believing it could be gang related, they say because of Domingo's criminal history. Sedgwick says she doesn't know what Domingo was or wasn't involved in, but she does know Jada was an innocent bystander.

"It broke us," Sedgwick said. "It hurts because she had so much going good for herself. She was A-B honor roll. She didn't do anything to anybody she was just so loving."

The teens' murders ignited the Newport News community with vigils and news conferences in the days after.

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But the candles are burned out and their names quickly becoming a distant memory, except for this family who is just seeking Justice for Jada.

"It makes me angry because if this was your cousin, your daughter, your niece, your granddaughter, you'd want the same thing," Sedgwick said. "You would want justice for your loved one, but no one is reaching out."

Newport News homicide detectives have no leads, no suspects, and no arrests in the case. If you have any information on who killed Jada or Domingo, take action against crime and call the Crime Line at 1 (888) LOCK-U-UP.