Ten seconds changed the lives of a community and took the life of a 10-year-old girl, Makiyah Wilson. For no known reason, four masked suspects drove into a Northeast Washington D.C. apartment complex, Clay Terrace, on Monday evening, got out of a black Infiniti, and shot 50-70 shots into a crowd of 15-20 people for ten seconds. Then they got back in the car and drove away.
Heartbreaking: 10-year-old Makiyah Wilson was outside playing near a group of 15 to 20 people, including children, in a NE courtyard when four men got out of the sedan and started shooting. https://t.co/rxKxz63g1h pic.twitter.com/39iWa49xGU
— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) July 17, 2018
Makiyah Wilson was returning from a swimming pool and was going to get ice cream. She was shot in the chest and died on her front stoop after trying to comfort her mother. She had just celebrated her 10th birthday a few days before.
Makiyah’s mother Donnetta recalled her daughter’s last words:
‘I held my baby. The whole time she was saying: “Mommy calm down. It’s burning.” She was trying to get me to be calm,’ Donnetta told NBC4 in an emotional interview on Wednesday.
‘When she passed and took her last breath she was laying right there in front of her doorway. I saw blood, I saw my baby. I panicked. I don’t really know what to do at this point.’
The video below shows her days before she would be senselessly killed.