Reward in killing of Camden girl, 8, now $50,000

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

CAMDEN, N.J. (WPVI) -- The reward being offered in the killing of an 8-year-old girl in Camden now stands at $50,000.

The total more than doubled on Sunday after a donation by the Norcross family.

The death of Gabrielle Carter was announced on Friday evening, two days after police say she was caught in the crossfire.

Despite the offer of a reward, which has been steadily growing since Gabrielle was shot, police have said the community has remained largely tight-lipped.

"Right now it's been difficult for us to get additional information from the community," Camden Co. Police Chief Scott Thomson said Friday. "We are hoping to incentivize this."

Investigators say they have surveillance video in this case. However, they have not yet released it, saying that would only be done as a last resort.

If you know anything about this shooting, you can remain anonymous. Call the Citizens Crime Commission at 877-345-TIPS.

On Saturday night, hundreds of people gathered at a vigil to remember Gabrielle.

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Pictured: Tyhan Brown appears in court. (Courtesy: COURIER-POST)

You could feel Merissa Carter Phillips' anguish as she spoke to hundreds gathered to mourn her daughter.

"My baby's gone, she's not coming back," said Carter Phillips. "I need her. I need her here with me."

"She was fun-loving, outgoing, so much character," said Gabrielle's uncle, Darryl Mac. "Full of life."

Family, friends and neighbors lit candles and hugged in front of the home where the little girl lived, feet from where she was shot in the head.

Family and friends gathered in Camden to remember an 8-year-old girl killed after she got caught in a crossfire.

"It's her time to be called home," said Gabrielle's cousin, Ja'Lai Goodman. "I just got to think I could be next."

The vigil was also a rally for justice.

Pastor W. Lee Cofer, another family cousin, addressed those in the crowd who are too afraid to tell police what they know about the gunmen.

"Y'all are too friendly," scolded Coffer, "because it's your sons and daughters that's doing it!"