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Questions Swirl Around Detroit Girl's Death

Seven-year-old Aiyana Jones was killed during a police search for a murder suspect early Sunday morning. In the wake of the tragedy, the police and the community are searching for answers

How could Detroit police, storming the house to arrest a murder suspect Sunday morning, end up killing 7-year-old Aiyana Jones?

"I seen the light go out of her eyes," her grandmother, Mertilla Jones, 47, wailed outside the home Sunday afternoon after being released from police custody.

Jones was in the living room with Aiyana about 12:40 a.m. when a flash went off and a loud noise was heard.

Police rushed in, guns drawn.

Assistant Chief Ralph Godbee said Jones got into a tussle with the first officer in, causing his gun to go off.

A bullet pierced Aiyana's head and neck. Police are investigating the incident, and Chief Warren Evans is said to be cutting short an out-of-country vacation to return to Detroit today. Jones was too distraught to comment to the Free Press about what happened.

"This is any parent's worst nightmare," Godbee said in a statement Sunday. "It also is any police officer's worst nightmare. … No words can do anything to take away the pain."


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