Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS A handful of pastors from across the city gathered in the rain Monday night to pray for the victims of a mass drive-by shooting in the Lower Ninth Ward.

A memorial of teddy bears and balloons grew near the site of the shooting, outside a home in the 5400 block of Burgundy Street.

You can still see the holes where bullets pierced the outside walls of the home just before 8 p.m. Sunday.

Less than 24 hours later, dozens gathered to light candles in remembrance of the victims.

Jasmine Anderson, 16, and Terrance McBride, 33, were both killed in the shooting. Five others were wounded, including a mother and her two young sons. They remain hospitalized in critical condition. Two others, a 13-year-old and a 37-year-old, have been released.

'I do love my baby, I love you Jasmine, I miss you,' said Terrell Reese, Anderson's mother. 'Mommy loves you.

'I just wish I could see my sister again so I could tell her how much I loved her. I would do any and everything for her,' said Jasmine's older sister, who spoke through tears on the porch of the home.

Family members say Anderson took her last breath in her sister's arms. The teen would have started her first day of of school at Renew Cultural Arts Academy Monday and was excited to see her friends at school.

'Good student,' said Konesha Harris, Anderson's cousin. 'Everything was good about her. She helped people when she can. Anytime people needed help, Jasmine was there.'

Anderson lived a few doors down and across the street from the home where the shooting happened.

Police continue their search for the shooter and believe this wasn't a random crime.

Police believe McBride was the target of a shooting motivated by drugs and guns, and the other six victims were innocent bystanders.

They point to McBride's recent arrests for suspected drug dealing and illegal weapons, and say McBride was carrying a firearm illegally the night of the shooting.

But neighbors remember him as a quiet, helpful person who kept to himself.

Neighbors say McBride was visiting his girlfriend, who lived at the home and was on of the five who were wounded. They say the 37-year-old was shot in the leg and treated and released from the hospital.

As for Anderson, family members say she was just an innocent teen who loved music and is sorely missed.

'She didn't deserve it,' said Reese. 'She's in a better place.'

Police say the shooter drove up in a dark-colored car. If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at 822-1111. You don't have to leave your name and you could earn a $5,000 reward.

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