Briana Allen is remembered as a little princess

Briana Allen
Briana Allen

The child caught in the crossfire at a birthday party is seen by many as a martyr in the ongoing fight to save our streets.

Briana Allen was laid to rest Tuesday.  The five-year-old girl recently asked her teacher the color of God's eyes.  Friends and loved ones say the little angel now knows the answer.

Her small casket, with a picture of a princess on top, was a final tribute to her.

"I don't think anybody in this city can see that five-year-old angel laying in that coffin and not feel like your heart has been crushed," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Hundreds said a final goodbye to the sparkling spirit who just graduated from kindergarten. The New Hope Baptist Church was overflowing, just blocks away from the house where Briana was killed.

"She said, 'Grandma, I want some more chicken.'  She was licking her tongue and saying 'Grandma, this chicken is good,'" said Esther Allen, remembering the final moments she spent with the little girl.

"We heard gunshots and we thought it was balloon, we thought it was actually balloons!  Briana had my leg tight.  Blood stayed on my leg for three days.  I refused to wipe it off," Allen said.

Keisha Ellison, who lives in the neighborhood, called it a wake-up call for everyone, and the mayor agreed.

"How do you tell a young man not to pick up an AK-47 and spray bullets when they have hundreds of people, around 30 people on the porch with a five-year-old girl?" he said.

Police chief Ronal Serpas also attended the services and vowed to catch Briana's killers.

"Cowards who have no care for anyone but themselves take action on someone they were angry with.  That has to stop," Serpas said.