Trial to resume for 7-year-old killed by stray bullet outside Lenox Square

Trial set for man accused of killing 7-year-old girl
Published: Aug. 14, 2022 at 9:36 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - The trial is set to resume in the case of a 7-year-old girl who was killed by a stray bullet near Lenox Square mall in 2020.

Prosecutors told the jury that Daquan Reed, a then 24-year-old Virginia native, was at Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza when he got into an argument. According to investigators, Reed then left the parking lot and “in a senseless act of rage” fired off shots.

According to courtroom testimony, the bullet went through the back of the car and hit Kennedy in the back of the head. She was rushed to the hospital and died days later.

The mother of a seven-year-old killed by a stray bullet near Lenox Square Mall shared emotional testimony on Friday.

“At some point, I called I don’t know who first my mom or my boyfriend because I just didn’t know what to do,” Kennedy’s mother Mariah Maxie said.

She said she was Christmas shopping with her daughter in 2020 when her life turned upside down.

“So, I called her name and when she didn’t respond I looked in the backseat and saw that she was hunched over, and I continued to try to get her attention and again I didn’t think we were in any danger and Kennedy was incredibly animated, so at first I thought she was like playing with us,” Mariah said.