The mother of the 5-year-old girl who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Houston over the Fourth of July weekend has identified her daughter — as police revealed that the child was not the intended target.

Kristena Watters, a mom of two from Houston, said the gunfire that broke out fatally struck her daughter, Khamaya Dior Donelson, and injured her 8-year-old son on Sunday.

“My son witnessed his little sister, his best friend for lifeeeee [sic] that was hit with a stray bullet die in his lap while we sped to the hospital!” Watters wrote in an emotional Facebook update early Wednesday. “I knew my baby was gone & still prayed to god to let my baby wake up.”

Houston police previously stated that Watters was waiting at a stoplight in the 13500 block of Northborough Drive in the high-crime Greenspoint neighborhood around 1 a.m. Sunday when a silver four-door sedan approached the intersection.

Khamaya Donelson
Houston police said Khamaya and her brother were caught in the crossfire when a gunman opened fire at a food store.
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Khamaya Donelson
Khamaya was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
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A suspect, described only as a black male, leaned out the driver’s window brandishing a gun and started shooting toward a nearby food store, police said.

Cops stated that Khamaya and her older brother, who were sitting in the back of their mother’s car, “were caught in the crossfire.”

Watters drove her bullet-riddled children to a hospital, where her daughter was pronounced dead. Her son was treated for a gunshot wound to the arm.

Khamaya Donelson
Police said Khamaya was not the intended target.

“She was such a precious child full of love and laughter,” the grieving mom wrote of Khamaya in the description of a GoFundMe campaign.

Police said they have yet to determine a motive in the shooting and asked the public for help in identifying the gunman.

Khamaya’s grandmother Dawn Henderson wrote in a Facebook post she hoped that whoever killed the little girl “dies a slow heinous painful death.”


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