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Eleven-year-old Arabian Gayles laid to rest after funeral attended by hundreds

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The coffin of 11-year-old Arabian Gayles is carried out of the church as hundreds look on. The coffin of 11-year-old Arabian Gayles is carried out of the church as hundreds look on.

New Orleans, La.—An 11-year-old girl shot and killed when bullets pierced the walls of her home on General Ogden Street was laid to rest Saturday.

Hundreds including Mayor Mitch Landrieu showed up to pay their last respects to Arabian Gayles.

Singing could be heard outside the Prayer Tower Church of God In Christ, but it was anything but a joyous occasion.

"Continuing to come to funerals for babies across the country is just really debilitating," said Mayor Landrieu.

Arabian's 11-year-old cousin was shot and wounded and a man was also hit by the gunfire. He too survived his injuries.

The crime has shattered the hearts of many.

"You don't want to question God…It's hard, it's hard," said Arabian's great-uncle James Moffett.

Joining family members at the funeral were concerned citizens and young friends and school mates of Arabian. Many wore pink and white.

"I remember the good times we had, I'll remember her by things she did and how she left footsteps behind for me," said Armani Hooks, a close friend of Arabian.

A neighborhood chaplain who said Arabian was active in his ministry's programs remembered her fondly.

"She was just a sweet kid, well behaved, polite, respectful and wanted to learn and one thing we noticed about her she always would go to help people, she was always trying to help people," said Chaplain Hy McEnery of LAMB Ministries.

"We have this culture of violence that's developed where these young men are killing each other at catastrophic levels, and it's bad enough that they're getting killed which is something that we have to work on, but in instances like this you have innocents getting caught in the crossfire, this baby was inside her house," said the mayor.

And in calling for an end to the violence, Landrieu shared poignant words uttered to him recently by a civil rights stalwart who put his life on the line to make life better for African-Americans and now serves in the U.S. Congress.

"I remember the words that John Lewis spoke, he said we didn't go through the Civil Rights Movement so that we could kill each other," said Landrieu outside the church.

And as the search continues for answers as to who fired the bullets that claimed Arabian Gayles' life people in the community said they will bind together and get through it one day at a time.

"We're helping by, you know, supporting the family, the mother definitely, helping her get through it. That is a horrible way to lose a child," said Lahauma Johnson, a friend of the family.

No one has been arrested in Arabian's death or in the wounding of the other two shooting victims.

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