9-Year-Old Girl Shot Dead in Ferguson While Doing Her Homework in Bed

9-Year-Old Girl Shot Dead in Ferguson While Doing Her Homework in Bed 9-year-old Jamyla Bolden was doing her homework when she was fatally struck by a bullet in Ferguson. (Handout)

A nine-year-old girl was shot dead in Ferguson as she sat in her mother's bed doing her homework.

Jamyla Bolden was inside her family's home at 9.30pm on Tuesday when shots were fired outside, killing the girl, according to police and the family. The girl’s mother was struck in the leg.

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“I kept holding and holding her,” the girl's grandmother told the Post-Dispatch. “She was still breathing. I was telling her to just breathe.”

The girl’s 34-year-old mother was taken to the hospital where she was treated and released.

Police still do not know the motive for the shooting. In a news release, Ferguson Chief Andre Anderson said authorities will “do everything possible to find the person responsible.”

Police also do not know if the home was targeted or random. The home is owned by the girl’s grandmother.

Ferguson Sgt. Dominica Fuller said: “You have a nine-year-old child on her mother’s bed doing homework and a bullet strikes her. Our concern is to get this person off the street.”

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The shooting happened near where Michael Brown was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014, sparking outrage in the community.

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