Who killed Arbrie Leigh Anthony? Georgia girl, 8, shot in head while petting horses
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA: An eight-year-old girl, Arbrie Leigh Anthony, was shot dead in Augusta, Georgia, while she was petting horses outside her home on Saturday, January 8. Following the shooting, authorities launched a manhunt for two suspects accused of shooting the girl in the head.
On the day of the attack, Anthony, an honor-roll student at Jenkins-White Elementary School, visited her aunt and played outside. By that night, she was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Police said that two suspects were seen driving by in a red or orange Jeep Compass. They fired 10 shots outside her apartment building. One of the horses was also killed.
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“We are following up on every lead that comes in, but I cannot and will not accept the fact that no one knows who these suspects are,” Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree told The Augusta Chronicle. “There are individuals in this community that knew why they were there, knew what they were there for and knew who they were after, but yet they’ve failed to come forward with this information.”
Calling the gunmen “cowards", Roundtree said, "All acts of violence involving gunfire are senseless but when it comes to a child, we take that one personally." The vehicle of the suspects reportedly had a black top or a black stripe on the hood. Police are urging the public to come forward with information they might have about the suspects.
Anthony’s family is devastated at their loss. “It was just a normal Saturday, a normal day. She loved to play outside,” Anthony’s aunt, Jamila McDaniel, told the daily. “I’m just not understanding why someone would do something like that.”
“My brother will never be the same,” she said of Anthony’s father. “What that person stole from him, from us, it’s so unimaginable the pain and hurt. He took something so precious from us for something so senseless.”
A GoFundMe has been set up by Jason Prouty, the boss of Anthony’s father, Art Anthony, to help the family cover funeral expenses. "My name is Jason and I'm setting up this go fund me to help raise funds for Art Anthony(Ott), who has worked for me directly and our company for years. This is absolutely tragic and I don't know what to say to him and there is nothing else I can think to do for him other than try to help raise money to cover the funeral expenses. I'm crushed for him. Art has the most gentle soul of any man I've ever met and his only daughter Arbrie, who was 8 years old, was his everything and his reason for living. Here is a link to the article below about the tragedy. If you would please consider donating or if you are unable to, please share this page to help spread the word," the page reads.
"Thank you in advance and I will post updates as I hear more. All money will go into my bank account and I am actively working with the family to transfer all of the funds to them whether through writing a check or going to the bank with them to withdraw. Every single penny will be given to the family. GoFundMe is also helping me to organize that behind the scenes as I'm in contact with their team to make the transfer of funds as smooth as possible. I will update this page once all funds have been transferred to Art and his family. Thank you," it adds. Till the writing of this article, $36,312 USD had been raised of the $50,000 goal.