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Family members of 1-year-old shooting victim make emotional plea for answers

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Tijuana Twyman gave an emotional speech appealing for justice for her granddaughter Ne'Riah. Tijuana Twyman gave an emotional speech appealing for justice for her granddaughter Ne'Riah.
Cierra Miller-Twyman was also shot and is recovering at the hospital. Cierra Miller-Twyman was also shot and is recovering at the hospital.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Dozens of people gathered in the Shawnee community on Thursday evening to call for justice a day after one-year-old Ne'Riah Miller was shot and killed near 37th and Market.

Her mother, Cierra Miller-Twyman, was also injured in the shooting that has outraged family members and neighbors.

“And we hurt. We hurt. Real bad. These people don't know how callous it was for them to shoot a baby," Tijuana Twyman said. "Where's their heart?”

Family members are among those speaking out as the search continues for the person responsible. Tijuana Twyman is the grandmother of little Ne'Riah.

“She's never gonna come back and I miss my grand baby. I thank God for my daughter. She's still here. They could have took her life too. This is sad,” said Twyman.

Twyman says Ne'Riah struggled as a baby after she was born, but was strong and survived.

“She was our angel for the 16 months,” Twyman said.

Losing her to violence was unthinkable for this family.

Twyman says she's willing to one day forgive the person responsible.

“Yes, but it has to come from the heart. Just don't come to me and say you're sorry and go out and shoot somebody else,” said Twyman.

This kind of violence is what the organization MAN UP is wanting to put a stop to.

“We are tired of it happening and we're saying no longer is it going to happen,” said Pastor Vincent James of Edelen Baptist Church.

As the search continues for the person responsible for killing Ne'Riah, family members are making a plea for answers.

“Because whoever did this, whoever did this...they will be brought to justice,” said Tijuana Twyman.

If you have any information on this shooting, call the police tipline at 574-LMPD.

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