By Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2021

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A 13-year-old Milwaukee girl fatally shot over the weekend lost her brother to gun violence in 2017.

Nevaeha Ware had dreams of becoming a doctor, telling Journal Sentinel columnist James E. Causey in 2017 that she wanted to take care of the children who needed to go to the doctor but couldn’t afford to go.

While at her elementary school on another story Causey happened to interview Ware three days after her brother was fatally shot. Ware, then 9, told Causey how much she missed her brother.

Police say Ware was a passenger in a vehicle in Milwaukee Saturday when someone in another vehicle fired several shots and struck her.

The circumstances leading up to the shooting are under investigation. And police have made no arrests.

Family friend Valerie Whittley says Ware’s family is distraught and is looking for answers. Whittley says Ware was a fun and happy child who didn’t like to see people sad.

Twenty-five children were homicide victims in Milwaukee last year.

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