7-year-old Forest City girl being remembered by family, community following deadly shooting


FOREST CITY, N.C. (WSPA) – Dozens of mourners, trickling into a Forest City church and packing pews to remember 7-year-old Aaliyah Grace Norris. She was shot in Forest City last week and died a couple days later

Aaliyah was killed just days ago following a shooting at the intersection of Oak Street and Harmon Street. Police said that’s where she was shot and died days later at a hospital.

Her mother, Breanna Ledbetter, said Aaliyah was as a sweet and kind girl who loved her family.

“I want everybody to live her name on because she deserved it,” Ledbetter said.

Aaliyah’s mom is now calling for change.

“Everybody just needs to make the violence stop. The shooting and all of that, needs to stop for my baby,” Ledbetter said.

Reverend Scott Butler shared a similar message, asking for people to come together.

“She loved church, she loved Jesus. Teachers and educators talk about how great of a child she was,” Reverend Scott Butler said.

Officers with the Forest City Police Department told us, their investigation into this case is ongoing.

Shaquille Marshon Francis, 26, was arrested and charged with murder following the shooting.

If you would like to help her family, donations can be dropped off at the Harrelson Funeral Home in Forest City.

You can find additional details on the case below:

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