Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS Dozens gathered to pray and light candles during a vigil Wednesday night for Kaima Kennedy.

The 26-year-old was shot to death around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday as she went about her daily routine. She was sitting on her porch in the 2100 block of Law Street, as she often did after her shift at the Winn-Dixie on Carrollton Avenue, said family members.

'The least we want to do is come out and sit on your porch and not worry about dying,' said Kennedy's brother, Steven Kennedy.

As police continue to search for the shooter, a memorial grows in front of Kennedy's home. Family members say Kennedy was an innocent bystander who was planning to attend Delgado Community College and had big plans for her future.

'Always caring, always loving, always making sure the next person was okay and praying for everybody, just wanted the world to be a better place,' said Kennedy's sister, Ashley Kennedy.

Just days before her own death, Kennedy spoke out on her Instagram account about the weekend murders of two young women in New Orleans East.

'It saddens me there is no outrage. Women and children are no longer safe and we need to speak out and take action as a community,' said Kennedy in her post.

Many at the vigil said too many people have been touched by violence in New Orleans, and as they pray for Kennedy, they're also praying for an end to the violence.

'We've got to pull together, I got 10 grand kids,' said one woman, who spoke in the crowd. 'I'm ready to leave New Orleans. I don't want mine dead.'

Kennedy lived in the 5th District, where more than 30 percent of the city's murders have happened so far this year.

'If I had one last thing to say to my sister, I would tell her I love her so so much, so so much,' said Ashley Kennedy.

'I just want to let her know I love her forever. I'll forever keep her name alive. I'm sorry it had to happen,' said Kennedy's brother, Hakeem Kennedy.

Now, Kennedy's family is asking the shooter to turn himself in.

If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

You don't have to leave your name and could get a cash reward.

If you would like to help with Kennedy's funeral expenses, you can donate at GNO Federal Credit Union under the name Douglas Jones, Kennedy's father.

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