After year of pain, waiting for answers, grandfather of 6-year-old homicide victim plans memorial

One year ago this week, KG Wilson, a community activist, got the heartbreaking phone call that his 6-year-old granddaughter Aniya Allen was shot in the head.

Wilson continues to plan a memorial for Aniya. It’s scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, from 3-5 p.m. at 36th Avenue North and Penn Avenue North in Minneapolis, to mark the day the family lost her.

“There’s still no justice, still being stuck in the same place, heartbroken, lost,” Wilson said. “Our family lost an angel. We’re hurt and still torn by it.”

Allen was in a vehicle coming home with her mother from a McDonald’s when gunfire erupted on the street.

“A 6-year-old child was shot in the head eating her Happy Meal, that don’t even sound right,” Wilson said.

Law enforcement called Aniya’s death a case of gun violence allegedly among rival gangs, and she was the unintended target at 36th Avenue North and Penn Avenue North in Minneapolis.

On Tuesday morning, a northside resident was cleaning up the memorial filled with teddy bears, unicorns, and pictures of Aniya that had been set up at the shooting scene.

The woman was brought to tears when she spoke to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS about the pain still felt in the community after Aniya’s homicide and the search for the shooter.

“We just want them to find it in their hearts that know who did it, to tell,” Wilson said. “Or the person who did it to find it in their heart to say I’m tired of running, I’m tired of hiding.”

Crime Stoppers of Minnesota has a reward offered in the case and allows tips to be submitted anonymously.