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Triple shooting claims life of 11-year-old girl


New Orleans, La. - Family and friends began arriving at the house on General Ogden where gunmen opened fire early Labor Day morning.

"It's wrong," said Ashley Moffett. "My baby didn't do nothing for her to be gone from me. It's wrong, and it ain't fair. It's really not fair."

Ashley Moffett is the mother of 11-year-old Arabian Gayles.

Moffett said a little after midnight, she began hearing gunshots and rushed into the living room to check on her children.

"She was rocking my little nephew in her hands, and she had headphones in her ears," Moffett said. "When I turned the light on, he was sitting there. I kept calling my baby's name, but she never answered me. When I went over to shake her, I lifted her head up. All of her blood was coming out, all over my hands and clothes."

Arabian died a short time later at the hospital. Her 1-year-old cousin was not hurt.

"She saved him from getting hit," Moffett said.

In another room, Arabian's 11-year-old cousin was also shot.

"My daughter is recovering. She's ok," said Shanlonda Cary.

Cary said her daughter was shot in the elbow and hand. She said the two girls were very close.

"I actually just told her that she's not going to have her anymore. She's taking it real hard," Cary said.

Family members tell FOX 8 that a 38-year-old man who was sitting on the front porch of the house at the time of the shooting was shot in the back. His injuries are not life-threatening.

"It's killing me because she was innocent and now she's gone," Moffett said.

Now the family is making an emotional plea for the shooters to turn themselves in.

"I just want my baby back. She can't come back. This is not fair at all. Whoever did this, please turn yourself in," Moffett said.

Arabian's mother was planning a birthday party for the little girl. She was supposed to turn 12 next week.

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