Alana Washington Death Dead – Alana Washington Obituary, Cause of Death
Alana Washington has passed away, our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
On Monday afternoon, doctors removed life support from Alana Washington, a 7-year-old who was shot along with a 1-year-old relative and two others in a brazen Saturday evening drive-by shooting that again rocked a neighborhood far too familiar with gunfire.
Alana — another in a too-lengthy list of South Florida children killed in drive-bys or gun battles — was remembered just hours later in a street-corner gathering in the Brownsville neighborhood where the shooting happened.
Surrounded by family and friends and a who’s who of Miami-Dade County leaders, Alana’s mother Shanlavie “Niecey” Drayton, held hands with others in prayer before addressing the death of her daughter. Drayton, who is also the 1-year-old’s grandmother, was surrounded by other children, all wearing masks — a reminder of another ongoing public health threat.
“Alana was only 7 years old, getting out of a car. My grandson was only one year old and he is still holding on,” said Drayton. “His mom is fighting right now… I’m just asking if you guys see something, know something, say something, but mostly pray. Prayer, counseling because we all know prayer changes things.”
Alana, who attended a Northwest Miami-Dade charter school called Kipp Miami, was described by relatives as a sweet and strong-willed child. Her aunt Charmaine Mike, said her niece liked to ride big bikes.
“She was a real good kid, a sweetheart,” said Mike.
Alana’s death Monday came on what would have been the 11th birthday of King Carter — another Northwest Miami-Dade child whose life was snuffed out at the age of 6 as he was on his way to buy candy at the corner store. King was caught in a crossfire of bullets from teens fighting in his apartment parking lot. The shooting galvanized a community as hundreds attended the child’s funeral and King’s father became a staunch anti-gun-violence advocate.
On Monday, instead of spending the afternoon with his son, Santonio Carter spent the day at his child’s grave site, planting flowers and laying balloons. The news about Alana hit him hard.
“You try your best to keep your sanity. But burying a child can’t be described. They don’t make medicine for a broken heart,” Carter said. “It makes me want to go crazy. It’s just ridiculous that there’s a club parents are forced to join, without signing up.”