Tynirah Borum, 3, was killed on Friday night by a stray bullet. Credit: Facebook
Two days after a stray bullet from a shoot-out took the life of a 3-year-old girl sitting on a porch, family members and neighbors were still struggling to cope with the tragedy.
Just blocks away, young girls were playing on their front stoops and braiding each others' hair -- as Tynirah Borum, 3, was doing on Friday night around 9:30 p.m on the 1500 block of South Etting Street.
"I was on the corner. I heard the shots, I came running," said Mike Collins, 34, Borum's cousin.
"I saw police carrying her running off the porch and down the street. Because her hair was in braids, I didn't know it was her at first," Collins said.
Douglas Woods, 22, faces murder charges for the shooting.
Police say he was riding a bike and got into an argument with a 24-year-old man when he fired four shots. One struck the man he was arguing with in the face. He also struck a 28-year-old woman in the arm and a 21-year-old man in the leg.
One stray bullet hit Tynirah in the side of the chest, who was sitting on the stoop getting her hair braided by a friend and who lived with her mother nearby. The bullet passed through her chest and struck an older girl who was trying to get Tynirah off the porch in the arm. Tynirah died an hour later.
Collins described Tynirah as a happy girl who loved to bike and who, in recent days, was always running up to hug him with a big smile. She had been living with her father in a different neighborhood, and recently came to the area to live with her mother.
A memorial for three-year-old Tynirah Borum on the 1500 block of South Etting Street in the Grays Ferry section of South Philadelphia. Credit: Charles Mostoller/
Neighbors and mourners brought stuffed animals and candles to create a memorial. Collins, who picked up Tynirah's barrettes from the sidewalk after the shooting, sat at the memorial until 4 a.m. Sunday morning and was back tending it on Sunday afternoon.
"People need to realize -- shooting guns -- it's senseless. That's my little cousin. ... She was beautiful," Collins said.