Dozens of families crowded the street in front of the Trinity Court apartment complex where the little girl was gunned down on Christmas day as she played with her toys.
Many of them expressed anger about how she died and called for change.
Dozens of children gathered with their parents to remember 1-year-old Maleah Williams shot & killed on Christmas Day pic.twitter.com/DPH5DTLp4F— Heather Waliga (@WaligaABC11) January 2, 2016
Vivian Rorie is still dealing with the pain of losing her 14th grandchild.
"I just want to see what's right happen," Rorie said. "She was just an innocent child."
Earlier Friday, a part memorial, part rally was held at St. Joseph's CME Church in Chapel Hill.
The NAACP hosted the service to show community support for the family of Maleah, who was mortally wounded in a drive-by shooting.
A close friend of the family, grieving. The service was part memorial, part healing session, part call to action. pic.twitter.com/Ic3gHYTjjO— Jon Camp (@JonCampABC11) January 1, 2016
At the rally, NAACP head the Rev. William Barber and others talked about curbing community violence by standing together.
"We must hear the pain of those who are hurting." Barber said. "We must have a revival in our community; a revival of our self-worth. We must heal our soul and bring the community together."
The Rev. Michelle Laws is executive director of the state chapter of the NAACP and a Chapel Hill native who grew up in the same public housing complex as Maleah's grandmother. She says the "community's collective heart is broken over the tragic senseless death."
Appx 150 people remembering Maleah & calling for the end of violence. (yes, that's Rev Barber on the far right) pic.twitter.com/ebIvZ3u26e— Jon Camp (@JonCampABC11) January 1, 2016
At the service, gun violence became a central theme. Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger said, "We need to act and we need to pull together. We also, in order to heal, need to act together as a community and find ways to make these things not happen."
Hemminger continued, taking a shot at state legislation that strips aways local control over gun ordinances. "We need a stronger ability to have that local control and stop senseless violence," she said.
Maleah's mother, getting comforted after the NAACP's rally/service for the 1 yr old, killed Christmas Day. pic.twitter.com/3GRnCGjxCP— Jon Camp (@JonCampABC11) January 1, 2016
The message resonated with many in the crowd.
"Our kids is getting killed and it's all because of guns," said Clarence Freeman, a family friend. "Will it ever stop? We talk about black on black lives matter. It can't matter if we start killing each other. How can black on black lives matter when we start pulling the trigger on our brothers and our children? Especially our children.
Maleah's mother, Tylena, getting comforted during very moving portion of NAACP service calling for community unity. pic.twitter.com/DnF8FgfgOO— Jon Camp (@JonCampABC11) January 1, 2016
Three men have been charged with murder in the death of Maleah, who died Monday.
Shaquille Oneill Davis, 22, Ramone Jamarr Alston, 22, and Pierre Je Bron Moore, 23 are all being held in the Orange County jail.
Davis, who's charged with attempted murder, is due back in court Jan. 4.
A funeral is planned for Saturday at 1 p.m. at Chapel Hill Bible Church, 260 Erwin Rd. in Chapel Hill.
The family will receive friends at noon.
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