A Celebration Of Life Held For 5-Year-Old Amani Barringer
CHARLOTTE, NC – An outpouring of support Wednesday night for the family of a five-year-old girl shot and killed last week inside of a Hidden Valley apartment.
“A beautiful soul, a beautiful student at Hidden Valley elementary school,” said Brittany Battle, Amani Barringer’s teacher.
People celebrating the little girl by wearing her favorite colors of pink and green to the vigil and balloon release.
“It’s about lifting up each other holding each other together. Coming together no matter what. Joining in hands and being in unity,” said Battle.
Barringer was shot and killed inside of the Maple Run apartments on Elgywood Lane.
Her father Walter Barringer wrote on Facebook a day later that his 14-year-old son accidentally shot her. He was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter.
An adult is also charged with failure to secure a firearm.
“It’s time to lock those guns up because there are too many babies that we’re burying,” said Charles Robinson with the Hidden Valley Association.
Police and community leaders pleaded with the public to lock up their guns and store them without ammunition and away from children.
“What works is a gun lock. You can not fire a gun with a gun lock on it,” said Lisa Crawford, the head of Mothers of Murdered Offspring.
The group handed out gun locks for free, calling the locks a simple solution to a deadly problem.
CMPD says 42 children in Mecklenburg County have been hurt by guns in 2020, that’s equal to the total number of child gun injuries all of last year.
“Promote responsible gun ownership and hopefully reduce those numbers of guns that are accessible to anyone other than the gun owner,” said Lt. Evans with CMPD.
He says the hope is they’ll be able to prevent the next tragedy.