MILWAUKEE -- Tragedy struck a Milwaukee family last May, when nine-year-old Za'layia Jenkins was struck by a stray bullet while inside her home near 15th and Meinecke. She passed away 11 days later from her injuries. Saturday, August 13th family, friends and even strangers began working on Za'layia's legacy.
Picking up the pieces after a devastating loss is an incredible burden.
"It just broke my heart. A tragedy has happened for us to get to this point here," said Vikki Love, from Detroit, Michigan.
On May 5th, nine-year-old Za'layia Jenkins was struck by a stray bullet during a “shootout” between two groups of armed individuals while inside her home.
"My family's goal is to try and turn this tragedy into a triumph," said Romona Boone, Za'layia Jenkins aunt.
It's now been three months since the shooting.
The family continues to heal with a growing sense of "we don't have to do this alone."
"Perennials, we brought perennials, and we brought purple because it's to our understanding the little girl, she liked purple," said Love.
With a corner lot donated by the city, family and friends started to dig in.
"So each year she will grow," said Boone.
They're creating a living tribute for a little girl taken too soon. But whose memory will thrive in the Milwaukee neighborhood.
"When they hear Za'layia's name, I don't want them to think about her death I want them to think about her legacy," said Boone.
Police are still searching for Za'layia's shooter. Both the FBI and Attorney Michael Hupy are offering cash rewards for information leading to an arrest.