LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The younger brother of a 15-year-old girl shot and killed earlier this week talked about the loss of his sister Thursday.
The family of Tysha Spearman is still trying to comprehend what happened and figure out why the young Shawnee High School student was shot and killed.
13-year-old Tyson Gibbs still can't believe his sister is gone. "I can't even think at night," said Gibbs. "I can't go to sleep. I can't eat, I can't even dream no more."
Family members say Spearman was with an adult family friend on Monday night. They say the two went to a store where the family friend ran into a man. They say there was a fight, which later spilled into the streets.
Spearman's family members say she had nothing to do with the altercation and was trying to get away when she was shot in the back.
"She got caught in the crossfire and nobody can explain to us really what happened," said Angel Spearman, victim's cousin. "We just want some closure and we want him to know what this has done to us."
21-year-old Antonio McFarland was arrested and charged with Spearman's murder, a man the family says they don't know. Spearman's father was murdered back in 2004. Not only has Gibbs had to deal with the death of his father, but now his sister in an eerily similar situation.
"It's heartbreaking because it is the same situation, they both were at the wrong place at the wrong time and crossfire and they lost it because of pointless stuff because want to shoot at other people for no reason," said Gibbs.
He says he doesn't understand the senseless violence and hopes it stops here for his family. "I play basketball and football and every game I have, I pray before my game for my daddy and now I pray for my daddy and my sister," said Gibbs.
The family is planning a memorial service Friday at 3:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Community Center, followed by a vigil at the shooting scene at 18th Street and Crop Street.
If you would like to help the family, a memorial fund has been set up at any 5/3 Bank.
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