Who was Da’Nilya ?
An eight-year-old girl and her mother were found tied to a bed and dead inside their home. Terri Bankhead, 27, and her daughter Da’Nilya, a second-grader, were found shot at her north St Louis City home Wednesday afternoon.
Police found them dead around 3 p.m. after Terri’s mother went to the home for a wellness check, CBS St Louis reported.
The St Louis Metropolitan Police Department believes the Bankheads were specifically targeted by a suspect.
“I am asking the community to assist the police department in this investigation so that we can hold everyone accountable in this tragic situation,” said Police Chief John Hayden.
“It is too much for anyone to bear, so we ask the community to help us and provide us with information.”
Bankhead’s cousin Shagreggria Brown told NBC St. Louis: “It’s very hard to believe. I had known Terri for a long time. We all called her ‘Shug’ because she was sweet as sugar.”
“She was very loving, generous, kind and loyal. I’m in shock that this happened to her, ” Brown said.
Terri was a certified nursing assistant with only one child, her friends and family say. She only lived in the neighborhood for six months.
“ My cousin was about her daughter. She went to work, came home and took care of her affairs, “said Shannon Jackson.
Brown said she wants the community to take a stand, according to People.
“She is an eight-year-old boy who has just been killed and tied up in his community. We need to stand up and take control of our community. Do something better, everyone just do something, “she said. ‘Something has to be done. Everyone feels like they need to move out of town for a better life and this is where we grew up.”
Brown added: “ I hope whoever did it feels so bad that they just turn themselves in right away. ” So far this year, 11 children under the age of 17 have been killed in the city of St Louis, according to the Police Department.
How old was Da”Nilya?
She was 8 year old.