A memorial was set for a 12-year-old girl who was shot and killed Tuesday in Victorville.
Makiya Walls was killed in her home in the 17000 block of Monaco Drive after a gunman walked into her house and began opening fire, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
Walls had just returned from walking the family dog when the shooting occurred. She was in the front room of the house when the gunman got out of a white sedan, walked up to the house and fired shots, witnesses told officials.
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"I'm trying to be strong, to be strong like you would want me to be for everybody because you were always so strong for everybody," Maesha McCullers, Walls' mother, said in tears.
The child's family and friends remember her as happy and vibrant cheerleader.
"I'm just heartbroken and I miss her so much," Abigail Seip, Walls' best friend, said. "When I first found out, I couldn't believe she was gone."
Walls' killer is still at large and investigators are working to find the person responsible for the child's death.
"I'm angry at the person that did it," Seip said. "Why would they do that to her? She's just the nicest person on earth."
A motive for the shooting remains unclear. A description for the gunman was not immediately available.
"I will never, ever forget you as long as I have air in my lungs," McCullers said.
Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department at 909-387-3545.
If you would like to donate to a GoFundMe account set up to help Makiya Walls' family, you may do so here. Note that GoFundMe deducts 7.9 percent of all funds raised in the form of platform and payment processing charges.