Loyalti Allah was shot and killed on Saturday while sitting at an outside picnic table with her friends. The 13-year-old girl was fatally struck after a drive-by shooting erupted in Monroe, North Carolina.
According to authorities, Loyalti Allah was waiting for a DoorDash delivery with her friends on Saturday afternoon. The group was waiting on a picnic table outside Allah’s apartment when the gunfire rang out. A stray bullet struck the 13-year-old girl while she was drinking soda and chatting with her friends.
Police arrested four suspects in the shooting, including 20-year-old Javon Demontre Robinson. “I’m so sorry for her loss,” Robinson told reporters while he was taken into custody. “It didn’t mean to go down that way.”
Police reported that a black 2005 Ford Freestyle SUV drove by the Monroe, North Carolina neighborhood. As they neared Loyalti Allah and her friends, one man began shooting from within the vehicle, opening fire in the direction of the victim. The suspects then fled the scene. Investigators are still trying to understand what happened and determine a motive in the senseless shooting. Multiple shell casings were found at the scene, though police are not sure who the intended target was.
According to the police, there were no other victims in the shooting. Four men were charged with first-degree murder following the shooting, including Robinson, 19-year-old Darius Roland, 22-year-old Jamari Crowder, and 18-year-old Jamari McClain.
All four suspects are being held in Union County jail and bail has not been set. In a news release posted to Facebook, Monroe Police Chief Bryan Gilliard said that “our officers have done an amazing job in leaving no stone unturned to ensure the individuals who committed this crime are not only identified, but also apprehended and brought to justice.”
He continued, saying that “this is such a devastating act that has far-reaching implications that was entirely uncalled for. These individuals took an innocent life for absolutely no reason and now a family and community has to live with this forever.”
After the shooting, Loyalti Allah was rushed to Atrium Union Hospital where she was pronounced dead. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of the victim and we need the community to help identify and hold the shooter accountable for what they have done,” Gilliard said on the night of the murder. “Someone knows who did this. This was an innocent child and we need people to be brave and step up so we can catch those responsible for this senseless act of violence.”
Loyalti Allah’s death has shaken Monroe and surrounding communities. Allah, who lived in 1628 Icemirlee St., was “drinking a soda and talking with friends” when “this violent crime occurred,” according to the GoFundMe page created in her name. The post asked donors to help support Loyalti Allah’s mother, Yvette Allah, with burial and living expenses.
So far the GoFundMe page has raised more than $11,000. “Thanking you all in advance,” the post read. “Stop The Violence.”
In response to her daughter’s death, Yvette Allah said she seeks forgiveness for the accused. “I can’t have hate towards them,” she said. “They’re babies as well. But, I’m not saying they don’t know right from wrong.”
Yvette Allah continued, saying that “my baby was at the wrong place at the wrong time, but she was having fun, and she’s gone. Can’t never get that back.”
On Saturday night, residents of Monroe set up a memorial for the 13-year-old girl. Loyalti Allah was honored with stuffed animals, flowers, and other pieces of memorabilia at the picnic table where she was shot. The area was still surrounded by police tape, but residents were determined to honor the young girl.