Balloon release held after Harvey 12-year-old shot in head by stray bullet dies on her birthday

HARVEY, Ill. — A balloon release was held Wednesday evening after a young girl who was shot in the head by a stray bullet while inside her Harvey home died.

Kentayvia Blackful's mother told WGN she died around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at Advocate Christ Medical Center — on her 12th birthday.

The shooting happened around 9 p.m. Monday near 158th and Paulina streets. Kentayvia's family was in the living room of their home watching the Chicago Bears game when shots came from outside, piercing the front window. Kentayvia was sitting at her computer when she was shot in the head. Her family said she was choosing T-shirt designs for her birthday party.

No one was has been taken into custody.

A reward is being offered for information about the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Harvey police or the anonymous tip line, U TELL US, at 1-800-883-5587.

Kentayvia was a sixth grade honor student at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School. She was the president of her class, she was on the math team and was tutored other students.

The family is holding a skating party in honor of Kentayvia on Sunday.

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