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Girls, Ages 11 and 12, Shot In Head In Separate Attacks Saturday

By Kelly Bauer | February 13, 2017 7:58am
 Kanari Bowers and Takiya Holmes, 12 and 11, were shot in their heads in separate incidents on Saturday night.
Kanari Bowers and Takiya Holmes, 12 and 11, were shot in their heads in separate incidents on Saturday night.
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Two girls, 11 and 12, were fighting for their lives after each was shot in the head in separate incidents less than a half-hour apart Saturday evening.

At 7:15 p.m., the 12-year-old girl was playing outside with friends in the 1900 block of West 57th Street when someone fired shots, police said. The girl was hit in her head and taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.

Just minutes later, at 7:40 p.m., the 11-year-old girl was sitting in a car in the 6500 block of South King Drive when someone fired shots, police said. The girl was hit in her head and taken to Comer Children's Hospital in critical condition.

The 11-year-old girl is Takiya Holmes, cousin of anti-violence activist Andrew Holmes, he told ABC7. She was on life support and not responding to tests, he said.

Assata's Daughters is raising money to help support Takiya and her family. Donations can be made online here.

The 12-year-old girl is Kanari Bowers, who was playing on the playground at Henderson elementary when she was shot, according to ABC7.

On Facebook, a family friend said Kanari often came to her house to play with her children.

"She did nothing to no one," the woman wrote. "If somebody knows who did this to these babies [please] say something [please because] this is not right, not at all."

The girls were not the intended targets, police said.

No one was in custody in the shootings.

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