NEW ORLEANS - You can still see the shattered glass where a stray bullet ripped into a Pension Town home in September, killing Arabian Gayles, 11, in her sleep.
More than two months later, the home is empty. Her family has moved out of the city. And her mother's heart is broken.
“I couldn't stay in the area anymore, knowing what happened to my daughter inside, asleep, in our house. You're not even safe being inside no more,” said Arabian’s mother, Ashley Moffet.
Moffet has spent the last two excruciating months praying for justice for her child.
“A hole is missing from my heart. I barely sleep at night. I toss and turn. Every night,” she said. “I try to keep myself together. I've got other kids, and I'm pregnant with this one, and I just try to keep my strength and energy. At night I break down.”
Tuesday night, there was a glimmer of hope that Arabian's case may be moving forward. Louisiana State Police nabbed Jordan Montrell, 20, after New Orleans police named him a person of interest.
NOPD homicide detectives are questioning Montrell, but have not named him a suspect. Montrell is the fourth named person of interest in this case so far. The last three were released after questioning.
“I just want whoever did it, turn themselves in, because I want justice for my baby. It won't bring her back. But at least she'll have peace. I'll have some kind of peace,” said Mofett.
Detectives say the biggest challenge in helping Arabian's family find peace is the lack of cooperation from people who have information.
Still, police say they are receiving some tips.
“With these cases and particularly with children, everyone remembers,” said Darlene Cusanza, executive director of Crimestoppers. “It's always in the back of your mind that we really need to find justice, we need to be able to bring closure.”
Closure for a family whose life has been turned upside down after the murder of a little girl sleeping in her home.
“I ain't never going to see my daughter again. I ain't never going to see her smile again. And that hurts me,” said Moffet.
Two others were shot in that incident, but survived.
Arabian’s 11-year-old cousin, Paulreiona Cary, was struck in the hand and elbow. A 38-year-old man walking outside survived a gunshot wound to the back.
Montrell was arrested last week on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and flight from an officer.
A magistrate judge found no probable cause and allowed Montrell to be released without having to pay bond.
A spokesman for the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office says prosecutors will review the case and pursue charges if they see fit.
Police have recovered the suspected getaway car in the murder, a white 2013 Volkswagen Sport CC that was reported stolen a week before the shooting.
If you have any information that could help police find Arabian's killer, call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
You don’t have to leave your name and you could get a $12,500 reward.