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'Baby Trinity Was Our Princess': Man Arrested After Father And 3-Year-Old Daughter Gunned Down
The community is now calling for justice for Trinity Randolph, a little girl who they say dreamed of being a princess.
A Kentucky man has been arrested in connection to the deaths of a father and daughter who were gunned down on Friday, but questions still remain.
Evan Ross was charged Wednesday with facilitation of murder after admitting that he was involved in the deaths of Brandon Waddles and his 3-year-old daughter, Trinity Randolph, the Louisville Metro Police Department announced this week.
Randolph was at home playing with a "Frozen" dollhouse on Friday afternoon when she and her father, 21-year-old Waddles, were gunned down, the Louisville Courier Journal reports. Waddles was pronounced dead upon the arrival of authorities, but Randolph was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries, according to another Courier Journal report.
Ross was arrested in connection to the double homicide on Wednesday, WDRB reports. Surveillance footage that captured the shooting showed a car that the shooter or gunmen rode in; that car, which police say belongs to Ross, was then found in Ross' driveway, according to the outlet. However, police have yet to confirm who the shooter actually was, and did not immediately return a request for comment from Oxygen.com.
Ross, who is facing two counts of facilitation of murder, remains in custody on a million-dollar cash bond, online jail records show. He appeared in court on Thursday, where a judge denied his request to be placed on house arrest and called the mere suggestion a "slap in the face," according to WDRB.
Randolph's death made her the youngest victim of gun violence in the Louisville area this year, the Courier Journal reports. Her family is reeling from the loss of a little girl who wanted to be a princess.
"Baby Trinity was our princess, she was full of life, love, and laughter," reads a public statement from the family that was shared by police Tuesday. "She always told us she wanted to be a princess one day. Even though she won't be our princess here on earth, she will be our princess in heaven and continue to watch over us here on earth. Trinity will be missed by so many."
Randolph is survived by her mother, Tynekia Randolph, who is now struggling to balance grieving with caring for her son Tristan, who is only 1 month old, according to a GoFundMe campaign launched in the family's honor.
Rapper Master P has stepped up to pay for the little girl's funeral, according to the Courier Journal.
The Louisiana-born artist and producer, whose real name is Percy Miller, shared a news story about Trinity Randolph on his Instagram earlier this week and called for an end to gun violence.
"She gone way to soon!" his post reads, in part. "We went from protesting for Breonna [Taylor], to losing a baby to senseless killing. Our kids matter ... RIP Trinity. Our prayers goes out to her mom and family. This has to stop! We killing our future."
The investigation into the murder of Waddles and Randolph remains open, police said Thursday. Authorities have encouraged anyone with information on the case to leave an anonymous tip by calling 502-574-LMPD.