'Tiktok Princess,' 6, Shot Dead While Leaving Birthday Party

A 6-year-old girl from Florida, called a "TikTok princess" by family members on social media, was killed when three people were shot while leaving another child's birthday party at a Miami home.

Authorities said that Chassidy Saunders, who was one of three people shot when a gunman opened fire on January 16, died from her wounds, according to WSVN.

The shooting occurred at around 7 p.m. that evening outside a house on the 550 block of Northwest Sixth Place, in Miami-Dade County.

The girl was nicknamed "TikTok Princess" on social media by her family, who posted video clips of her dancing with a smile on her face.

Two adults, unrelated to Saunders, were injured in the shooting. Officials said that the adults were rushed to an area hospital in critical condition. Saunders died in hospital several hours later.

As of Tuesday morning, Miami police had not released more details of the crime. Newsweek has contacted them for comment.

"I heard 'boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom.' It was so fast," one man told WSVN, speaking on condition on anonymity.

"Maybe like 10 or 15 shots," another neighbor said.

The girl's family held a candlelit vigil for her in Miami on Sunday night.

Saunders was a kindergarten student at Beacon College Prep Elementary in Opa-locka. Her older sister is also a student at the school.

"She had these very beautiful light-colored eyes," Patrick Evans, the head of the K-8 charter school told The Miami Herald. "In her eyes, I saw so much sweetness and innocence. It's heart breaking."

Saunders' aunt said on Facebook that the girl had "a bright and promising future."

Miami police are asking the public to call them or Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS if they have any information about the shooting.

Meet Chassidy Saunders. This 6 year old beautiful princess on yesterday was tragically shot in the head at a birthday party in Miami. There will be a candlelight vigil tomorrow at 5pm located at 5525...

In a post on Facebook, local activist Starex Smith called for the community to come together and support the girl's family.

"When children die in this manner, it is a community problem, not an individual problem. This was literally a tragic drive-by shooting resulting in events that lead up to this tragic reality," he wrote.

"Please show your love and support while you stand with us, in trying to prevent the next tragedy. We just mourned Alana Washington, 7-year-old little princess back in July and we are right back here again. Lord hear our prayer."

Washington was killed in a drive-by shooting outside her home in Miami on July 25, 2020. Six weeks later, police arrested two men and charged them with murdering Washington.

There was a sharp increase of homicides in Miami-Dade County in 2020—officials recorded 272 murders up until December 24, up 31 cases from the previous year. While gun sales have skyrocketed, the pandemic has seen limitations put on community policing and resentment has been building as people remain stuck at home.

On January 3, 2021, at least 12 people, including a 16-year-old boy, were injured in two separate shootings in Miami-Dade County.

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A stock image of police tape. Miami police are investigating a murder of Chassidy Saunders, a 6-year-old girl from Florida, after three people were shot at another child’s birthday party at a Miami home. Noam Galai/Getty