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Girls, 11 and 12, shot in head in separate Chicago attacks

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Takiya Holmes left and Kanari Bowers were shot in the head in separate incidents in Chicago Saturday

In addition to Kanari and Takiya, five people were killed and another 14 were hurt over the weekend. "We want whoever saw what happened to tell the police", Patsy Holmes told local media.

Williams spoke to EBONY.com while at the hospital's Intensive Care Unit where her little cousin remains on life support.

Kanari Gentry-Bowers, 12, was hit while playing basketball at her primary school's playground. However, Carroll said that the shootings were not related and neither girl was the intended target.

"She was just playing basketball outside and I guess a vehicle came up and got to shooting and shot her in the back of her head", Rochetta Tyler, Kanari's cousin, said through tears.

Last weekend, three people were killed and 19 wounded from shootings, and almost 400 people have been shot so far this year in Chicago. Takiya Holmes was shot around 7:40 p.m. Saturday, while sitting in her family's minivan with her mother and younger brother in the 6500-block of South King Drive in the city's Parkway Gardens neighborhood.


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But she says she has a message for the person who fired the bullet.

One of the bullets struck Kanari in the right side of the neck, according to her family, shattering her spine.

She had not showed any signs of brain activity since she was taken to the hospital on Saturday.

Lopez planned to go door-to-door in the area of the shooting Monday evening in hopes of gathering information, as police continue to investigate, canvassing the area and searching for any surveillance video.

"We are not doing too good", Takiya's cousin, anti-violence activist Andrew Holmes, said Tuesday. The Windy City saw 3,550 shooting incidents and 762 homicides previous year.

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