WEST PHILADELPHIA - A 15-year-old girl who was shot in the head during a double shooting last week in West Philadelphia has died, FOX 29's Steve Keeley has learned.
Embaba Menegesteabe was inside a car with her 20-year-old brother on the 6200 block of Chestnut Street last Tuesday around 3 p.m. when police say nearly 20 shots were fired at the car.
Both victims were struck in the head by gunfire and taken to Penn Presbyterian Hospital, according to police. The teen remained in critical condition until she died Tuesday. Her brother has since been released from the hospital.
FOX 29’s Dave Schratwieser reports news of the death of 15-year-old Embaba Menegesteabe traveled fast across West and Southwest Philadelphia Wednesday, even reaching passersby at the middle school she attended for years. Folks shaken by another young life gone too soon.
"She was somebody’s daughter, a father and a mother has lost a child senselessly," stated resident Salaam Barr.
"I’m a parent myself, so this is devastating. I think of her parents, her family, her extended family, classmates," remarked Philadelphia Police Captain Matthew Gillespie.
"It’s mind boggling. It’s like these young guys don’t have no empathy. They’re cold-hearted," added Barr.
On the block where she lived and at Motivation High School where she attended classes, there was sorrow. School officials were too devastated by the senseless loss to speak with reporters.
"It breaks my heart for her and her family," Barr commented.
School officials are planning a vigil at Tilden Middle School in her honor. A GoFundMe page has been set up with more than $10,000 already raised. Meanwhile, investigators are tracking down leads and reviewing surveillance video from the crime scene, trying to identify the shooters.
"Broad daylight, multiple rounds, several people hit. Young people that have their entire lives ahead of them. It tugs your heart," Captain Gillespie stated.
Anyone wishing to help the family financially, can do by visiting Embaba's GoFundMe page, here.
Homicide detectives are investigating the case. No arrests have been reported.
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