Father of 2-year-old killed in Inkster testifies

KaMiya Gross died in alleged retaliation shooting on July 1

DETROIT – The father of a 2-year-old girl who was shot dead outside an Inkster home earlier this month testified Wednesday about his relationship with the accused shooter, and the moment he realized he had lost his daughter.

Kenneth French was with his daughter KaMiya Gross on July 1, on the porch of a cousin's house on Carlyle Street, when it's alleged that Raymone Jackson walked up and opened fire. Gross was killed by a single gunshot to her head.

"My baby was laying on the ground. Gone. Shot in the eye," French said.

French's cousin, 12-year-old Chelsea Lancaster, was also shot in his chest, arm and legs. She is recovering.

"I made sure they got the kids off to the hospital before they ever touched me," French said. "I told them who shot me just in case I didn't make it."

Jackson is charged with first-degree murder, torture and gun charges. Co-defendant, Raphael Hearn, is charged with first-degree murder.

Jackson has been bound over to stand trial on all of his charges. A competency exam was ordered for Hearn.