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Grandmother of 1-year-old killed in shooting pleads for justice: 'The violence needs to stop'

Posted: 8:30 AM, Mar 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-30 08:30:41-04
Grandmother of 1-year-old killed in shooting pleads for justice: 'The violence needs to stop'

INDIANAPOLIS -- The grandmother of a one-year-old little girl who was shot and killed when someone opened fire on her home Thursday is pleading for justice and change. 

Malaysia Robeson was killed when a hail of gunfire struck her home on the 3500 block of Wittfield Avenue Thursday morning. 

"She was only one year old," said Malaysia's grandmother Robin Robeson. "She died a senseless death. The violence needs to stop."

Police say it all began with a dispute on social media. Someone then drove to the home and opened fire around 2 a.m. 

READ | 1-year-old shot and killed in targeted attack on home on Indy's northeast side

Malaysia was killed and her 19-year-old aunt, Anna Fox, was injured. 

A growing memorial sits outside the home where Malaysia was killed and community members gathered Thursday evening for a candlelight vigil. 

Malaysia's grandmother says the family just wants justice - and for the shooter to turn themself in to police. 

The child's murder has sparked a call for unity in the community and a group will be gathering on Saturday for a march to support a push to reduce gun violence. 

The march will begin at 38th Street and Post Road at 10 a.m.

For Robeson, its a way to remember her grandbaby and push for change so no family ever has to go through the same loss they are dealing with right now. 

"For anyone with kids - go home and love your kids like never before," said Robeson.

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Malaysia Robeson is the youngest victim of a fatal shooting in Indianapolis since 2013. Her death was also the only under 10 shooting victim during that period to be ruled a criminal homicide. The other deaths were determined to be accidental.

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