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Mother Goes to the Store and Comes Back to Find Her 18-Year-Old Daughter Dead

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You never know when a loved one might leave this earth…

WREG reports:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — “To hold your child, in your arms while she`s dead and you can`t do anything — it hurts.”

Just two days into the new year, a heartbroken mother is left drenched in tears asking why.

“I left to go to the store. She said ‘Where are you going?’ When I got back she was gone,” said Latoya Tatum

Tatum’s 18-year-old daughter Kiara Tatum, who was studying to be a nurse,  was hit and killed by a stray bullet, not even one mile from her childhood home.

“She gets killed in the neighborhood where she grew up. Everybody knew ‘Nu Nu.'”

Police said Kiara was walking with friends when a white car pulled onto Aloha Street and someone started shooting.

Her death marks the first homicide for 2017 on the city.

“I couldn`t be there to protect her yesterday– it hurts.”

This mother knows she can`t do anything to bring her daughter back, but she`s hoping for justice.

“Please turn yourself in.”

A 17-year-old male was arrested for her murder.

A GoFundMe has been started for funeral expenses.

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