'She will always be in my heart'
LEBANON -- Minnie McReynolds, grandmother of 13-year-old shooting victim Insatiable C'Asia Patton, met with the media at her Sycamore Street home Friday, Jan. 9.
McReynolds was joined by her daughter and C'Asia's mother, Brandy Patton, and her Pastor Patrick Johnson of Peyton Road Church of Christ.
McReynolds recounted the last night of her granddaughter's short life. She admitted that she wasn't very "techy" and that C'Asia had set up her new television before getting ready for bed.
Multiple rounds were fired after 10 p.m. that night from outside the residence - one of which came through the window and struck C'Asia while she was sleeping. The girl was transported in critical condition to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and taken off life support Thursday morning.
"Bullets are blind," McReynolds commented, adding that she hoped someone would come forward to authorities with information to help bring justice to C'Asia.
McReynolds said her four grandchildren are her entire life, and losing C'Asia, she felt that she had lost everything.
She spoke about C'Asia's love of fashion and said she dreamed of working in the field of pediatrics. C'Asia was a seventh grader at Winfree Bryant Middle School - where she was a member of the dance team.
"It is going to be hard because I will always miss her ... But she will always be in my heart," she said. McReynolds spoke also about her faith and how her Pastor and church family were helping them during the trying time.
"I give it to The Lord. He can do what none of us can do," she said.
Pastor Johnson said that it is important during these times for the community to unite in finding a solution for youth violence.
"A lot of things wouldn't go on if there was more for (youth) to do," he said. "An idle mind is the Devil's workshop ... But that doesn't excuse the violent crime. We have to quit talking and put together something that is going to make a difference."
Detectives with the Lebanon Police Department are asking for help from the public in developing concrete leads. A substantial reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the fatal shooting. Anyone with information call call the LPD 24-hours a day at 444-2323.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time, but will be under the direction of Lebanon's J.C. Hellum Funeral Home.
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