Investigation and mourning continue after shooting death of 1-year-old

The day after a 1-year-old was shot to death in her babysitter’s arms on Saratoga Street sent a cascade of strong emotions coursing through Central City. At dawn, neighbors awoke to an armed standoff at a Central City home involved in the investigation. The day progressed with an intense burst of grief from the child’s parents and their supporters at Cafe Reconcile, followed by an angry denunciation from city leaders for the lack of information in the case, and ended at dusk with a vigil mourning the slain child. “She was my world,” said her father, 20-year-old Keion Reed, in a brief public address Friday afternoon. “She was my everything.

Mariah Woods Vigil (Photo Gallery)

Candles, memories, music and dance marked a vigil for Mariah Woods at Xavier University Preparatory Friday night. Woods was home from Northwestern State University for the holidays when a suspect in a drug case fleeing from police caused a crash at the intersection of Freret and Milan streets that killed her.