8-year-old girl's mother speaks about her death

Oakland mother Chiquita Carradine describes her child, who was killed in a shooting

July 19, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
So far, no one has come forward with any substantial leads in the search for the killer of an 8-year-old girl who was shot on Wednesday night. On Friday night, the girl's mother spoke to us and asked the community of Oakland to help.

Alaysha Carradine's mother described her daughter as a girl who loved to talk. Her nickname was "Ladybug".

Earlier on Friday, her classmates from Fruitvale Elementary sent pictures to the apartment where 8-year-old Alaysha was murdered.

"And I'm so sad that she didn't get to live," said Chiquita Carradine, Alaysha's mother.

Carradine got the bad news about her daughter while on vacation. Alaysha was shot while at a sleepover. Her 7-year-old friend, the friend's 4-year-old brother and their grandmother were wounded when they all answered the door. Someone fired 10 shots into it.

"I just wish she was here right now so I could hold her and give her one last hug and kiss and let her know that I love her," said Carradine.

The reward money for information leading to an arrest has increased to $35,000 and police are relying heavily on the community.

"What investigators are looking for is they believe there's a vehicle associated to the shooter or shooters, the suspects who may have traveled together," said Oakland Police Ofc. Johnna Watson.

"I can't believe she's the 54th homicide in Oakland and no one has come forward to tell me anything or they didn't see anyone," said Carradine.

Alaysha's mother says she spent six months researching a safe place to live, but it didn't stop the senseless crime.