16-month-old shooting victim remembered at local daycare centers
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On Tuesday, gifts and snacks were delivered to the YMCA daycare on West Chestnut Street, accompanied by a photo of Ne'Riah Miller -- the 16-month-old shooting victim.
The offering is a tribute to the young girl who was shot and killed last August on the front porch of a home on South 37th Street.
Her mother, Cierra Twyman-Miller, was also injured and says there are two things she just can't forget.
“The pain and my daughter,” said Twyman-Miller.
Police arrested four men for the shooting, which was said to be retaliation for another shooting in the area.
Ne'Riah Miller was named as the face for the "Let the Kids Grow Foundation", a national movement to change the lives of children.
It was started by rapper Percy Miller, known as Master P.
He and others helped donate to make it possible for 15 local daycares to be given donations in honor of Ne'Riah.
Louisville resident Markeisha Todd, with Twist of Fun LLC, wanted to get involved by providing snacks.
"Trying to figure out what we can do with as far as some of the daycares to give back to them,” said Markeisha Todd.
The plan is to donate to daycares throughout the year, as a tribute to Ne'Riah Miller.
The goal is to celebrate the children and inspire the youth to choose a different path that doesn't include violence.
“Everything doesn't have to be solved with violence. You can talk it out. Walk it out,” said William Miller, the father of Ne'Riah Miller.
Neriah's parents, who married last week, say it's a fitting way to remember their daughter, who was tragically taken away from them.
“We're glad to have this type of supporters around us to bring us out of those dark spaces or dark corners and stuff,” said Cierra Twyman-Miller.
Note: Cierra Twyman-Miller had previously identified herself as Cierra Miller-Twyman. However, since marrying William Miller, she has officially changed her name to Twyman-Miller.
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