James Bolden, father to Jamyla Bolden, expressed his gratitude to residents of Ferguson, Mo., gathered to remember his 9-year-old daughter, who was shot and killed in her home while doing homework on Aug. 18. (Umar Lee)

Police are searching for clues to identify the person who shot into a Ferguson, Mo., home, killing a 9-year-old girl doing homework on her mother’s bed Tuesday night.

During a news conference Thursday, Ferguson police Sgt. Dominica Fuller said Jamyla Bolden was fatally shot while her mother, 34, was shot in the leg and treated at a hospital.

Fuller, also a mother to a 9-year-old girl, was one of the police officers present at the scene. She tried to provide aid to Jamyla, but the child died later from the gunshot.

“You have a 9-year-old child on her mother’s bed doing homework and a bullet strikes her,” Fuller said. “Our concern is to get this person off the street.”

Jamyla’s grandmother told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said she ran into the bedroom after someone opened fire about 9:30 p.m. She did not want her name used in the newspaper because she feared for her safety.

“I kept holding and holding her,” the grandmother told the Post-Dispatch. “I still have her blood on my hands. She was still breathing. I was telling her to just breathe.”


Mourners pause in a moment of prayer at the Michael Brown Jr. memorial during a candlelight vigil held in honor of Jamyla Bolden on August 20, 2015 in Ferguson, Mo. (Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

Police said a motive was not known, but they are working on leads they have gathered thus far. Police also said they don’t know if the shots were fired from a car or from someone standing outside the home.

The Post-Dispatch reported there were five visible bullet holes on the exterior of the house: three in the screens of two windows with shattered glass behind them, and two more in the house’s aluminum siding.


Posters and balloons are placed by a tree during a vigil held in honor of Jamyla Bolden on August 20, 2015 in Ferguson, Mo. (Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

The Associated Press reported that the small ranch home sits on a street that intersects with Canfield Drive, where unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown was killed a little more than a year ago by a white police officer. A house next to where Jamyla was shot has a yard sign that reads, “We Must Stop Killing Each Other.” Similar signs have sprung up around St. Louis as homicides are on the rise in the region.

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“I never in a million years thought that I’d be laying my daughter to rest,” said James Bolden, Jamyla’s father, to KMOV-TV.

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A vigil for Jamyla was held Thursday night where more than 200 people called for people to share information to help find the shooter, the Post-Dispatch reported.

“We all have to work collectively to heal this community and this family,” said Ferguson Interim Police Chief Andre Anderson, the newspaper reported.


A Ferguson Police officer is overcome with emotion during a vigil held in honor of Jamyla Bolden on August 20, 2015 in Ferguson, Mo. (Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)