Family and friends mourn the loss of 15-year-old Kiviana James, who was shot dead in eastern Cleveland.
Her mother said that she was shot in the head while riding in a car with a relative. She died after her injury two days later.
“She was encouraging, she was a good sister, she was my child. She was everything in my world, everyone loved her, everyone knew her from everywhere, she didn’t deserve this.” Smika Wilford James said.
The shooting took place near the intersection with Al Ghani Street and Northfield Street. The police have made no arrests and are trying to determine a motive in the case.
“My son and I just spoke to her 20 minutes before my sister called and told me that Kiviana had been shot. Simika said:” I can’t think of this because it is difficult. “
The teenager was a high school student Brush Brush where she was an encouraging and social butterfly. Her mother said that she was a good student and wanted to go to college and eventually became a chiropractor.
“She was very smart, she was smart, she was lovely, she was all, she was well known, she was very cool,” said Smeka.
Two vigils are held in her honor. The first will be at 8 pm. On Saturday at the intersection with Al Ghani Street and Northfield Street. The second will be in Brush High School next week.
Her school district issued the following statement:
“With their broken hearts, the South Euclid Lyndhurst School expresses its deep and sincere sympathy for the death of Ke’viania James, one of our students, tragically and unexpectedly. Prayer ideas and prayers with her family. As a way to celebrate Kifania’s life, South Euclid Lyndhurst Schools organized a balloon launch next Friday At 6:30 pm at Korb Field on the high school campus Charles F. Brush. All balloons will be purple, Keeveiania’s favorite color. Invite the community to attend. Please join SEL Schools to share our condolences to the Ke’viania family, where you will miss them most “.