Emotions run strong at vigil for slain 11-year-old

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Family and friends of Arabian Gayles comfort each other on General Ogden Street in west Carrollton Tuesday night. Gayles was killed by gunfire on the house, while she was sleeping. The shooting wounded two others in the house. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

After the second death of a New Orleans child by stray gunfire in less than a week, the vigil for 11-year-old Arabian Gayles in west Carrollton on Tuesday was full of strong emotions from hundreds of attendees.

Mother of Arabian Gayles, Ashley Moffet, is comforted as she cries for her daughter during a community vigil on General Ogden Tuesday night. Gayles was killed while sleeping from open gunfire on the house. The shooting wounded two others in the house. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Ashley Moffet, the mother of Arabian Gayles, is comforted as she cries for her daughter during a community vigil on General Ogden Tuesday night. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Friends and family of  Arabian Gayles hold up candles in memory of Gayles. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Friends and family of Arabian Gayles hold up candles in memory of the slain child. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Friends, family and community members gather at the vigil for  Arabian Gayles. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Friends, family and community members gather at the vigil for Arabian Gayles. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Tracey Moffet screams with pain before passing out at the vigil for Arabian Gayles. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Tracey Moffet screams in pain before collapsing at the vigil for her niece. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Friends, family and community members gather at the vigil for  Arabian Gayles. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Friends, family and community members gather at the vigil for Arabian Gayles. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Friends, family and community members gather at the vigil for  Arabian Gayles. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Friends, family and community members gather at the vigil for Arabian Gayles. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Sierra Gayles , sister of Arabian Gayles, and friend Armani Hooks, hold each other during the vigil. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Sierra Gayles, sister of Arabian Gayles, and friend Armani Hooks, hold each other during the vigil. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Friends, family and community leaders march during the vigil. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Friends, family and community leaders march during the vigil. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Friends, family and community leaders march during the vigil. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Friends, family and community leaders march during the vigil. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Ashley Moffet, mother of Arabian Gayles, is helped to an ambulance ambulance after fainting during the vigil.   (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Ashley Moffet, mother of Arabian Gayles, is helped to an ambulance ambulance after fainting during the vigil. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Amyri Alexander, 9, holds a candle for Arabian Gayles at the vigil. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Amyri Alexander, 9, holds a candle for Arabian Gayles at the vigil. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A second line for Arabian Gayles begins Tuesday night.   (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Members of the Pigeontown Steppers and the Stooges Brass Band prepare to lead a second line for Arabian Gayles. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Stuffed animals, balloons and candles at the vigil for Arabian Gayles. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Stuffed animals, balloons and candles at the vigil for Arabian Gayles. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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