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The Latest: Slain Milwaukee girl wrote of gun violence

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on a 13-year-old Milwaukee girl who was killed when shots were fired into her home (all times local):

4:20 p.m.

A 13-year-old Milwaukee girl who died when shots were fired into her home had written an award-winning essay two years ago about violence in the city.

Sandra Parks died Monday night. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Sandra was a sixth-grader when she took third place in a city competition with her essay commemorating the life of Martin Luther King.

Sandra wrote of seeing “examples of chaos almost every day” and lamented “little children” who were victims of “senseless gun violence.”

A 26-year-old man is in custody in her death, but police say they don’t yet know if the shooting was random or Sandra’s house had been targeted.

Mayor Tom Barrett said Sandra’s death was due to lack of national and state leadership on the problem of gun violence.

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1:30 p.m.

The mother of a 13-year-old Milwaukee girl who died when shots were fired into her home says her daughter “was everything this world is not.”

Bernice Parks said her daughter Sandra was not violent and did not like violence.

Police are trying to determine whether the shots that hit the Parks home Monday night were random or whether someone in the house was targeted. A 26-year-old man has been arrested.

Mayor Tom Barrett called Sandra’s death “part of the insanity” of gun violence in Milwaukee and elsewhere.

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11:30 a.m.

Police say a 13-year-old girl was killed when shots were fired into her home in Milwaukee, but it is unclear if her home was targeted. One man has been arrested.

Authorities say Sandra Parks was sitting inside the home with family members around 8 p.m. Monday when the shooting happened. No other family members were hurt.

Police said Tuesday that a 26-year-old Milwaukee man has been taken into custody.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that at least three children have been fatally shot in the city in recent years by bullets fired from outside their homes, including a 5-year-old girl who was sitting on her grandfather’s lap at the time.

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6:10 a.m.

A 13-year-old girl was killed when shots were fired into her Milwaukee home.

Police say the girl was sitting inside the home with family members when the incident happened about 8 p.m. Monday. Authorities don’t know if the home was targeted. No other family members were hurt.

No arrests have been made. Police are continuing to investigate.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that at least three children have been fatally shot in the city in recent years by bullets fired from outside their homes, including a 5-year-old girl who was sitting on her grandfather’s lap at the time.

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