A search for a missing 12-year-old girl in Pennsylvania has turned tragic after the child was found dead, the victim of a gunshot to the face.
Alezauna “Libby” Carter was reported missing in November after last being seen alive on the morning of Oct. 12 in Southwest Philadelphia, WTXF in Philadelphia reports.
The Philadelphia Police Department found the remains of a girl Apr. 18 in a first-floor apartment in the Frankford section of the city, according to a press release from the police, obtained by Oxygen.com. They note that the child suffered “from a gunshot wound to the mouth.”
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The remains were identified as Carter on May 1.
A spokesperson for the Philadelphia Police Department told Oxygen.com over e-mail on Thursday that no other information is being released at this time.
On Tuesday, Carter’s loved ones held a vigil, as they seek answers to what happened to her.
"She was a strong girl, but she didn’t deserve this. Not at all," the slain girl’s mom Trisha said during the vigil. "We all tried to look for her and keep her safe. Every day, was looking out for this child.”
Balloons were released in Carter’s honor at Tuesday’s vigil. If she was still alive today, she would be 13.
"There's nothing you can do as a parent to prepare you for something like this," her grandfather William Orr said at the vigil, WPVI reports. "We all live down South Philly and Southwest, so I have no idea how she managed to find her way down to this neighborhood."
Authorities urge anyone with information on the child’s death to come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to call 215-686-TIPS.
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