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Girl killed after Portsmouth shooting honored during vigil on her 8th birthday

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Posted at 10:18 PM, Dec 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-26 22:51:50-05

PORTSMOUTH, Va.— Family and friends of Mylani Everette gathered to remember the little girl that was taken from them too soon.

Saturday would have been Everette’s 8th birthday.

The balloons that should’ve been for a party were instead brought to a vigil for the girl who was shot in Portsmouth and later died on Christmas day.

Police are now looking for three men suspected of being involved in her shooting on December 22 near Portsmouth Boulevard and Truxton Avenue.

“It’s so sad that people are killing, shooting and don’t know who they’re taking,” said a woman who identified herself as Everette’s grandmother.

Friends and family gathered in Portsmouth to mourn the memories they no longer can make and celebrate a life that lit up the lives of so many.

Hug were shared and tears were shed as they remembered the vibrant girl with a big personality.

“Mylani definitely, definitely was one of those kind of kids who was going to explore this life and see everything that life has to offer her,” said her godmother Nicole Foster.

Through the tears, calls for accountability rang loud.

“Bring them out. Say where they’re hiding at,” exclaimed Foster.

They’re demanding the community speak up to help police find the suspected killers.

”If anybody knows anything they need to call. I don’t care if you say it’s snitching or what, that child is gone,” said the grandmother.

With hands locked they turned to prayer to help heal their hearts and released the balloons into the air so the birthday girl could celebrate in heaven.