Crime Watch: Two years since murder of Elkhart 7-year-old

Elkhart, Ind. Tuesday marks exactly two years since a seven-year-old Elkhart girl died - two days after she was shot in a botched home invasion - and police are still searching for her killer.

In a special Crime Watch on 16 Morning News, Kristyana Jackson’s mother, Kimi, sat down with Tricia Sloma.

Kristyana was shot in the head on the night of August 17, 2012. Police say two or three men tried to enter the family's house on the city's west side.

Kristyana and her mother had just arrived home from a football game, where they were watching her cousin play. As they walked up to the house, the men, wearing handkerchiefs, approached them.

The father was inside the home at the time, heard Kimi screaming, and tried to protect his family but was shot several times in the process. Kristyana was shot in the head and later died. Her father has since recovered from his injuries.

“All the memories I have of her are there so I can’t leave,” Kimi said. “As hard as it is to walk through that door every day and unlock my door, and look left, look right, look left until I’m in my house, I can’t leave.”

They plan to do a balloon release in Kristyana’s honor Tuesday night at 6 p.m. You can contact Crime Stoppers with any information anonymously by calling (574) 288-STOP or 800-342-STOP.

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