Aniya Allen, 6, buried after Minneapolis funeral


Aniya Allen, 6, is buried in Minneapolis after being hit by a stray bullet last month.

Traveling by horse and buggy from the International Ministries at Shiloh Temple in northern Minneapolis to Lakewood Cemetery on the south side of town, Aniya Allen’s Little Pink Casket and Large Tiara traveled 5 miles to at his last resting place.

“It’s sad, it hurts,” Kesha said, watching the procession go by and holding a sign saying “Lay down your arms.” “I don’t want to see any of my babies in a coffin. I can only imagine what the parents are going through.”

Allen’s family have shared their grief with those on West Broadway, Lyndale Avenue and beyond, in hopes that the community and the person responsible for the murder of a 6-year-old will get a little glimpse of their pain.

“Aniya was a loving and bright little girl, outgoing and silly. She loved being with family and friends,” Aaron Chappell read in his obituary. The family describes Chappell as Aniya’s bonus father.

“That smile, that laugh, that space between her teeth, that’s what made Aniya one of a kind; one of the sweetest you’ve ever met,” Curtain Wilson read in a poem she wrote. written for his niece. “I am so sorry that this has happened to you. The violence must stop.

While largely a celebration of life, with many of Allen’s pink and favorite princesses, the service was also another call to action to end the violence in Minneapolis.

“The inspiration for everything you saw me do in this community that you thought was good was this little girl,” said KG Wilson.

Like many in the service, KG Wilson has found strength relying on her faith, but admits that by working for decades to prevent such tragedies, saying goodbye to her own granddaughter is a pain beyond words.

“You only took the body, but the spirit is still there with us! he said.

In addition to the Minneapolis Police Chief, Sheriff and Mayor of Hennepin County, several state and local lawmakers have come to the service to pay their respects. No arrests have been made in this case, and a $ 30,000 reward for information leading to an arrest is still available to anyone who can help investigators find those responsible for shooting three children in recent weeks. in North Minneapolis.

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