Illinois girl struck by stray bullet dies on her 12th birthday: reports

An Illinois girl who was struck in the head by a stray bullet on Monday night while she was inside her home died on her 12th birthday, according to local reports.

Kentavia Blackful was pronounced dead around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday at an area hospital, Fox 32 reported, citing the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

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Blackful was shot around 9 p.m. Monday, the night before her 12th birthday, inside her home in Harvey, which is about half an hour from Chicago, police said.

Kentavia Blackful, who was hit in the head by a stray bullet on Monday night while she was inside her home, died on her 12th birthday, according to local reports.

Kentavia Blackful, who was hit in the head by a stray bullet on Monday night while she was inside her home, died on her 12th birthday, according to local reports. (Fox 32/Blackful family)

The girl’s grandfather was outside on the porch when the gunman fired, sending bullets through the front window and aluminum siding, the television station reported.

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The rest of Blackful’s family was in the living room watching the Chicago Bears game and putting finishing touches on her birthday party when the shots were fired, WGN-TV reported, adding that Blackful was sitting at her computer when a bullet struck her head.

Her family said Blackful was choosing T-shirt designs for her birthday party when tragedy struck. Paramedics rushed her to a nearby hospital in critical condition, according to reports.

The sixth-grader reportedly is an honor student and basketball player at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School. She had planned to spend her birthday playing basketball and having a skating party, WLS-TV reported.

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Police were still looking for the people responsible. A $3,500 reward was being offered for information in the case, according to local reports.