Four Men Behind Bars, Charged In Murder Of 13-Year-Old Monroe Girl
MONROE, N.C. – “This is real sad because a child can’t sit down and eat without being shot,” says Brittney Borden. A memorial is growing for her niece, 13-year-old Loyalti Allah. The young girl wanted to grow up to become a lawyer or a doctor, her family says. Those dreams, gone now, after Loyalti was shot and killed Saturday night in Monroe while sitting at a picnic table on Icemorelee Drive. Police say a black SUV drove by, started shooting, and then sped away. The reason? Police say a dispute with someone who lived in the apartment complex.
Investigators say they worked all night to find the suspects. Now, Javon Robinson, Darius Roland, Jamari Crowder and Jamari McClain are all in jail, charged with first degree murder.
“You just lost your life because you took a life,” says Mary Allen, also one of Loyalti’s aunts. She says, “We hold no animosity, but we do ask for justice.” Allen says the little girl loved people. “She was beautiful, she was just an innocent baby. Every child deserves better in life,” she says.
Borden says while her family grieves the girl’s death, they also worry about the kids who were with her Saturday night. “These kids gonna be traumatized for the rest of their life, because they seen her die.”
“Loyalti gave people hope, with a simple word, a simple smile. She gave back and didn’t even realize it. Loyalti meant something to a lot of people,” says family friend Elizabeth Thomas. She brought bunches of big, bright balloons to the memorial. “(Loyalti) needed something to stand out because she definitely stood out in a crowd and she deserved that.”
The little girl’s brother says he thinks about her every minute. King Allah says, “I miss her a lot. I’m used to seeing her every day. As soon as I woke up.”
The community, in grief, mourning the death of a young girl lost to senseless gun violence. Monroe Police Lt. Monique Holt says, “It’s a very very sad moment. We lost a very important young lady. The community loved her, we loved her.”
Holt says the police department has coordinated food for the family and the community right now, and plans to bring counselors in later this week to help people grieve.