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NEW ORLEANS - For the second time this month, the community gathered to remember the tragic loss of a child.

Just days after 1-year-old Londyn Samuel was shot and killed in her babysitter's hands on a street corner, 11-year-old Arabian Gayles was shot in the head while sleeping in her home.

Heartbroken family members filed in, packing Prayer Tower Church of God in Christ to celebrate the Gayles' short life.

'What a tragedy that we have lost this angel, this precious gift,' said Hy McEnery, who ministered to Gayles when she attended weekly Bible study at his ministry, Eagles Wings.

Saturday, friends and family wore pink shoes, shirts and ribbons in her honor.

'She was a real sweet person, she played with my two sons,' said Teriyona Thompson. 'She had a kind heart, she was a sweet child.'

Thompson's kids attended the same weekly bible study as Gayles. McEnery says Gayles loved to help others and touched many lives along the way.

'She was extremely well behaved, polite, sweet as she could be and always trying to help other kids,' said McEnery.

Gayles and her cousin Paulreiona Cary, 11, were asleep on the living room when a gunman fired several shots into the house. Cary was shot in the arm and elbow and is now recovering. A 38-year-old man also survived a gunshot wound to the back while walking outside.

Saturday the wounds were still visible on her cousin Cary, who wore a pink cast in remembrance of her best friend.

'You aren't even safe in your own home and that is where she was, in her home and she wasn't safe,' said Thompson.

While Gayles' family continues to cope with the unimaginable lost, they pray for justice.

'They need to get justice because it just doesn't make sense to keep constantly doing this over and over,' Thompson.

As Gayles' friends and family continue to grieve over her loss, they are taking comfort in one thing.

'We know she is in heaven and we are rejoicing over that,' said McEnery.

NOPD has not made an arrest in Gayles' murder. As police continue their investigation, they want the community to be on the lookout for the alleged getaway car.

It's a white 2013 Volkswagen cc sport. If can help police you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111.

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