A family in Kentucky is in mourning after a father and his young daughter were shot and killed while they played in her Frozen dollhouse.
Trinity Randolph, 3, has the unfortunate distinction of being the youngest victim of homicide in Louisville this year, The Courier-Journal reports. She was gunned down on August 14 alongside her father, Brandon Waddles, 21. The two of them were enjoying time together as they played in a Frozen-themed playhouse on their front yard.
“She was just 3 years old,” Valerie Randolph, her great-grandmother told the outlet. “It takes a mean, cold, selfish-hearted person to take a little 3-year-old’s life.”
The little girl was remembered as a “technology genius” who loved to make TikTok and Youtube videos. She would also Facetime her relatives who are now coping with the tragedy. Randolph and Wales are the 96th and 97th shootings of the year, according to The Louisville Metro Police Department.
Authorities do not yet have any suspects or a motive in their deaths.
Tenisha Porter, Trinity’s aunt, was in the room when Randolph was born in April 2017 and shared how the three-year-old was “was like a coping skill for me” after the death of her nephew Cortez Randolph, 17, four years ago.
“When I lost my nephew, the front part of my hair went gray in less than three months,” Porter said through tears. “When Trinity came into my life, my depression lifted. I had Trinity to always hug and hold and kiss.
“Every time I saw her she was always saying, ‘Auntie, I love you,’ and I knew she meant it.”
Louisville Metro Councilman Jecorey Arthur shared on social media that Randolph was his cousin. He pleaded with the community for help.
“I promise to change this city that has failed you,” Arthur wrote.
New Orleans-born rap mogul Master P, born Percy Miller, has offered to pay for the funeral services which will be held Friday and to provide financial help to the grieving family. The No Limit record label founder has been a philanthropist in Louisville for the past 14 years.
“This is a 3-year-old innocent girl that’s gone from her family, from her future, somebody who could have come out of the community and be the next president, doctor, lawyer, teacher,” Miller told The Courier-Journal Sunday. “This is sad.”
A GoFundMe has also been set up to support Tynekia Randolph, the little girl’s mother who is taking the loss of her daughter very hard.
“As her family, we can do much, but there’s no timeframe on when she’s going to be OK and able to fend for herself,” Tyronn Howlett, Randolph’s grandfather, said. “… Something needs to be done, and the law needs to prevail, at least in this case, because this child is innocent.”
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