BALTIMORE (WJZ)– A 5-year-old Baltimore girl is beaten to death. Her father is charged. A community comes together to remember the little girl.
Weijia Jiang has more on the vigil and the latest on the case.
Shamira Bradley is inconsolable after losing her 5-year-old daughter, Mya Carr.
“Let’s just take this time to remember.”
On Saturday night, loved ones gathered at Carr’s Baltimore City school– Ashburton Elementary– to remember the little girl.
“I’m feeling really painful, like I could go home and punch a pillow,” Bryelle Fitzgerald, Carr’s best friend, said.
The sadness is mixed with anger over how she was killed.
Police say Mya Carr’s father– 22-year-old Mathew Carr– became so angry after she soiled herself that he admitted to beating his child repeatedly with his hands. He began to hit her all over her body.
“They found bruising, broken ribs, fractures to the face,” Det. Donnie Moss of the Baltimore City Police Department said.
“She didn’t deserve to die like that,” Susie Hough, Mya Carr’s great-grandmother, said. “If I could see him and have something to kill him with, I’d kill him. I hate to say that but he did that little girl wrong.”
It happened inside Mathew Carr’s house on Callaway Avenue. Family members say Mya Carr stayed there sometimes because it was close to school.
“She was a lovely, lovely little girl,” Zenobia McKinley, Mya Carr’s kindergarten teacher at Ashburton Elementary School, said. “She was soft-spoken, vibrant. She loved to learn. She was very popular in the classroom.”
Several classmates attended the candlelight vigil.
“It’s so hard,” one of Mya Carr’s classmates said.
Too young to be familiar with death yet, they’re handling tragedy with grace by keeping a memory alive.
“Mya, she’s like everything you want to be, like a superhero. I love Mya,” Fitzgerald said.
Mya Carr’s funeral will be held on Tuesday at the March Funeral Home in West Baltimore.
Mathew Carr faces several charges, including first-degree murder.