Police make arrest in shooting that claimed life of 8-year-old girl

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Houston police say an arrest has been made in the murder of 8-year-old De'Maree Adkins. Chief Art Acevedo said HPD is working with the Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office to charge the suspect.
 
Acevedo did not identify the suspect, but described him as a 19-year-old male. He said more details will be released when the suspect is charged.
 
Houston police are investigating a shooting that killed an 8-year-old girl. It happened just after 2 a.m. Saturday near the 6300 block of South Sam Houston Parkway at West Fuqua.

Latoyia Jarmon, the mother of 8-year-old De'Maree Adkins, tells FOX 26 News that she was driving home with her daughter after getting her hair braided when it happened. First her car was hit then her daughter was shot.

"She didn't deserve this, she was just a baby," says Jarmon

Sitting at her kitchen table, Jarmon cries because her 8-year-old daughter's life was taken a matter of hours before.

Jarmon and her daughter were five minutes from home near the Sam Houston Parkway and West Fuqua when their vehicle was hit.

A white car that police say may have been racing another vehicle ran a red light, crashing into them.

"They t-boned, at some point somebody from the other two cars that were traveling at a high rate of speed got out and fired at the other vehicle striking a young 8-year-old female," says Houston Police Department homicide unit Detective David Stark. 

Jarmon describes a woman firing 5-to-7 rounds at her vehicle.

"There was a second vehicle that pulled up, let their window down and started firing shots at my car and the shots that they fired at my car hit my baby and they killed her," says Jarmon. She went with her daughter in the ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital, but De'Maree Adkins died at the hospital.

Surrounded by family and friends, Jarmon pleads, begging the suspects to turn themselves in.

"I just want the person that did this to know they took away my baby...they took away half of my heart," says Jarmon.

Police say the suspect was driving a four-door sedan.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the HPD Homicide Division by phone at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS.
 
The family has set up the following crowdfunding page:
 
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