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Father of girl killed in Inkster shooting testifies

KaMiya Gross fatally shot last summer outside Inkster home; 2 men on trial

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DETROIT – Kenneth French was the father of a 2-year-old who was full of life until she was killed by violence last summer outside an Inkster home.

"That's my baby, my princess," French said Monday from the witness stand as he testified in the trial of the two men charged in his daughter's death.

The toddler, KaMiya Gross, had been playing outside a home on Carlyle Street with her father and other friends on July 1, 2014, when it's alleged that Raymone Jackson walked up and shot her in the head.

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Jackson also allegedly shot French and a 12-year-old family friend, Chelsea Lancaster. They both recovered.

"He ran off like a coward," French said.

Prosecutors allege that the shooting was also orchestrated by Raphael Hearn, who had a falling out with French after Hearn was shot months earlier at a club where French was working security.

French said he believed the shooting was in retaliation for the incident at the club, and that Hearn had wanted French to suffer by seeing his daughter shot.

Jackson and Hearn are facing murder and gun charges. Jackson is also facing a torture charge.


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