Members of a Queens community are rallying as police continue to investigate the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old girl on a city bus this past weekend who they believe was the unintended victim of a gang rivalry. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.
A dancer, singer, honor student and loyal family member. That's how Shadia Sands, D'aja Robinson's brokenhearted mother, wants people to remember her only child.
Police believe the 14-year-old girl was the unintended victim of a gang rivalry when she was shot and killed on the Q6 bus Saturday night.
"If it was any other cause of death, I could probably accept it and deal with it better," Sands said. "But the fact that someone else took my child's life that didn't bring her into this world is very sickening, and it's killing me inside."
Police sources say another girl who was near the shooting later received a text message, stating "You’re next." The source also says that that girl is friendly with members of the EBK gang, while the shooter is believed to be a member of the rival Snow gang.
"I honestly hope, even if it's not that person who did it, that gang, I wish they catch," Sands said.
Police sources say the girl who received the text is cooperating.
D'aja was on her way home from a sweet sixteen party when she was killed. On Tuesday Sands and other family members visited the makeshift memorial, where D'aja's mother broke down and the girl's grandmother became inconsolable.
Sands described what she saw Saturday night after composing herself.
"I seen my daughter coming off the bus on a stretcher, not moving, and my gut feeling, and I know for a fact that my child was gone then and there."
The family also made a surprise appearance where political and religious leaders called for an end to gun violence and for the shooter to surrender.
Sands wanted to thank the public for its support during this tough time. She also wanted to thank her friends and family members who have been at her side since the shooting.
D'Aja's funeral is set for Friday at noon at the Allen A.M.E. church.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.