NEW ORLEANS -- Five-year-old Brianna Allen, who was killed after being shot at another child's birthday party was laid to rest Tuesday morning.
Allen was one of two people killed when three gunmen opened fire on a birthday party for a 10-year-old boy in Central City last week. Shawanna "Nonnie" Pierce, 33, was also killed in the shooting when she was hit by a bullet three blocks from the party in the 1200 block of Simon Bolivar Avenue.
Also injured in the shooting was Kenard Allen, who was attending his birthday party, and two men, ages19 and 25 were also hit in the shooting.
The quintuple shooting has stirred up sadness and anger in the community and across the city, and a large crowd turned out to pay respects to the Allen family and decry the violence that is gripping New Orleans.
Visitation and funeral services were held at New Hope Baptist Church in Central City, not far from where Brianna Allen was caught in the crossfire. Visitors brought flowers and stuffed animals. There were even T-shirts made in Brianna's memory.
Allen's murder deeply impacted many people in Central City and across all neighborhoods of New Orleans. Concerned citizens, city leaders and Archbishop Gregory Aymond joined Allen's family in honoring her life, while calling for an end to the violence.
"I'm here with hundreds and hundreds of others just to be with Brianna's family and to console them in this loss. I can't imagine what it is like to lose a child in death, but to lose a child in violence," said Aymond
"This cannot continue - the guns on our streets and the violence and the hatred and the jealousy and the revenge -- this cannot continue. We're killing our young people."
Leo Riles, an 18-year-old suspect, turned himself in to police, and authorities are searching for two more suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.