NEW ORLEANS -- Dozens turned out on Wednesday night to the site of a deadly quintuple shooting at birthday party in Central City. Community leaders were joined by concerned citizens from across the city as part of cease-fire efforts.
The Simon Bolivar Avenue gathering took place where a little girl and a mother were shot and killed. That gunfire also wounded three other people, including a 10-year-old boy.
Their message: stop the violence and don't retaliate.
A few blocks away one family remembered the youngest victim.
"Before she left she asked her teacher, what color are God's eyes?" said Rev. Marvin Turner, talking about 5-year-old Brianna Allen, who was filled with both promise and curiosity.
The toddler's family says it was only last week that she graduated from kindergarten. Instead of celebrating that milestone, family and friends got together to mourn her death on Wednesday night.
"We have a bunch of young kids being killed daily and it's saddens us now because it has struck home," said Brianna's Aunt, Shannon Larry.
On Tuesday afternoon, the young girl was excited to celebrate her cousin's --- Kenard Allen's --- birthday party at a relative's Central City home. However, gunfire would bring the festivities to a grinding halt. Police say a gunshot wound to the abdomen would ultimately end the 5-year-old's life. Also killed in the quintuple shooting 33-year-old Shawanna "Nonnie" Pierce.
"Community leaders, political leaders, church leaders, all of us are hurting we're all devastated by this," said Rev. Turner.
Police say three gunman opened fire on the gathering of family and friends. Police confirmed on Wednesday that 18-year-old Leo Riles turned himself in. He's charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Two other gunmen are still on the run.
Brianna's aunt said this latest tragedy isn't about retaliation, but instead it's about justice.
"We never thought it would happen to us. It can happen to you, and to those guys that have families out there, who are watching and looking, you know who they are. Turn them in now, turn them in now. Justice has to be served," said Larry.
As one Central City family tries to come to terms with a young life suddenly lost, they have faith that Brianna now knows the answer to her question.
"Even though this is a sad occasion for us. She's with the Lord and she can see his eyes for herself," Turner said.
Police say the gunmen from that quintuple shooting drove away in a silver, 4-door, late model Nissan Maxima. You can see video of them fleeing the scene here.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111. Remember, you don't have to leave your name.
Brianna's funeral is scheduled for next Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the New Hope Baptist Church on Lasalle Street.