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Family, Friends, And Memphis Police Hold Vigil For Laylah Washington

MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - Memphis Police officers, along with friends of Laylah Washington's family, released balloons Wednesday in her honor, one year after her death.

The murder of 2-year-old Laylah Washington still tugs at the heartstrings, one year after she died in a road rage shooting. 

Her killer is still out there.  Wednesday evening, Laylah's friends, family and police honored the little girl, hoping someone will say something. 

Officers say it's frustrating because they believe someone truly knows who killed this little girl and they want someone to have the courage to step up and say something. 

A small crowd gathered feet away from the place Laylah Washington took some of her last breaths. It's been one year since someone shot the toddler in the head during a road rage incident at the corner of Winchester and Kirby Parkway in Hickory Hill.

"To the person that did it. You're a coward," said Danielle Jones, a friend of Laylah Washington's family. "How can you live with yourself knowing that this baby’s life was taken so brutally. And she suffered three days!"

After months of following countless leads, Laylah's killers are still out there. 

"Years ago, there was kind of like a code. Anytime a child got hurt, there was a no holds barred. Well now it seems like they just don't care and that's kind of sad," said MPD Colonel Marcus Worthy, Ridgeway Station Commander. 

Wednesday's turnout to remember Laylah was low and Laylah's mother told organizers it would be. 

"She even told me, ‘Danielle, no one is going to come out. The only person that's going to come out is the news,’ and she never lied and it's just heartbreaking not to see the outcry." Jones said.

"Don't let this baby murder just be here and no one says nothing. That's not right, that's not fair," said Trina Parker, a friend to Laylah Washington's family.

If you have any tips that could lead to Laylah's killer, please call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.  A $20,000 reward remains in place for any information leading to her killer. 


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