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The family of a 10-year-old New Jersey girl who was killed in a drive-by shooting is requesting memorial donations go to organizations focused on preventing gun violence.

In a press release from the police, Jasayde Holder was fatally shot on Sunday, July 4 while at a home on West Earl Drive in Vineland. A gunman in a car stopped and opened fire in the area. Jasayde was shot at least once. Police were dispatched to the home around 11:15 p.m. and transported Jasayde to Inspira Medical Center, where she, unfortunately, died from her injures.

Jasayde had just completed the fourth grade at Dan Barse School and was scheduled to start fifth grade in September. In her online obituary, her family has described her as a creative child who loved music and “producing her own animations and short stories”.

“Jasayde warmed the hearts of those she loved with her pure soul and smile. She always maintained her own style and was truly a unique young girl,” says her obituary.

School board members from Jasayde’s school, began their meeting last Wednesday with a moment of silence.

The funeral service was held this past Saturday and those who attended were asked to wear green as it was Jasayde’s favorite color.

The family has also asked that instead of making donations out to them, to instead donate to gun violence prevention organizations such as:

  1. Parents of Murdered Children
  2. New Jersey Gun Violence Research Center at Rutgers
  3. Brady United

No arrests have been made and authorities are still investigating Jasayde’s death. However, investigators are urging locals in the area to come forward if they have any information. Information can be submitted anonymously to CCPO.TIPS at http://www.njccpo.org/tips.

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