Southeast, DC resident Koran Gregory, 19, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder while armed for his role in the fatal shooting, Metropolitan Police Department officials announced on Monday, Sept. 18, following a four-month investigation.
Shortly after 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, Metropolitan Police Assistant Chief Andre Wright said that 10-year-old Arianna Davis was hit by a bullet in the 3700 block of Hayes Street NE, after dozens of shots rang out in the area.
Wright said that the family heard the gunshots while driving through the area, and later realized that the girl had been struck in her upper body.
They rushed her to an area firehouse, where first responders rendered aid until Davis was taken to the hospital.
Davis was treated for several days before ultimately succumbing to her injuries on Wednesday, May 17, according to representatives of the Board of Child Care - Early Childhood Education Center in Capitol Hill.
“The death of Arianna was a senseless tragedy. The Metropolitan Police Department extends our deepest condolences to Arianna’s family, and we hope this arrest helps bring some semblance of peace.” acting MPD Chief Pamela Smith said.
“Community support was invaluable during this investigation. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who assisted in bringing this case to justice.”
At the time she was killed, Davis was a fifth-grade student who was gearing up to graduate and advance to middle school next fall.
“On a day that should have been joyful and filled with loving memories, Ms. Antionette and her family were forced to endure this nightmare,” organizers of a GoFundMe campaign wrote. “She leaves behind a brokenhearted family and community that will miss her dearly.”
She was remembered as a girl who loved her family - specifically her three brothers - and “Mommy and Daughter” dates, when she and her mother would go shopping, get their nails done, and treat themselves.
“Arianna loved to dance and (TikTok) was her favorite,” family friends said. “To know Ari was to know a sweet and loving child with a beautiful smile that could light up any room.”
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