Elkhart, Ind. It's been exactly one year since a seven-year-old Kristyana Jackson was fatally shot during a botched home invasion, and her family is still searching for answers. She would have celebrated her 8th birthday in April.
“I don’t know who did this or why they did this, but I wouldn’t wish this up on them,” says Kristyana’s father, John Jackson.
It happened exactly one year ago, on the night of August 17, 2012, in the 700 block of Kilbourn Street.
Police say Kristyana was shot in the head and her father, John, in the arm when three men tried to enter the family's house on the city's west side.
John was treated and released from the hospital. But the young girl had to undergo emergency surgery for brain swelling, and later died.
“It’s hard to deal with and I still have all of them scares on the left side of my body from the back to the front, but also in a way it’s sort of like, sort of reminds me of what happened,” John continues.
Police have been searching for the people responsible ever since but, still one year later, no one is in custody for her murder.
“Sometimes it still don’t feel real,” explains Kristyana’s mom, Kimi Jackson, “It’s been real hard, just watching commercials that she used to like, or just being in the grocery store and walking past things that I would normally buy. Not being able to go school shopping”.
A $6,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest. Just call crime stoppers at 288-STOP. Tipsters remain completely anonymous.
The family will have a vigil for Kristyana Monday at their home. Kimi says they will be releasing balloons and it all starts at 7 p.m.