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Girl, 5, fatally shot in the chest by another child on Thanksgiving was rushed to the hospital in her father’s arms

HOLIDAY HEARTBREAK

A FAMILY is mourning after a shooting on Thanksgiving took the life of a five-year-old girl.

Khalis Eberhart’s life was cut short after a freak accident caused an unsecured handgun to go off, shooting her in the chest.

Another child in the South Fulton, Georgia home picked up that was sitting on a chair near Khalis. Somehow it went off, resulting in tragedy.

Khalis was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital after her father ran with her in his arms to paramedics. She would sadly pass away.

“Khalis was a very smart girl, she was very outgoing,” said the girl's grandmother, Tracy Towns. “She kept a smile on her face, happy little child.”

The family has called the loss “shocking” and “traumatic” but says the shooting was accidental.

Khalis had a twin with who she shared a “great bond” according to her grandmother. 

“When you saw one, you saw the other one. They were always holding hands, hugging,” said Towns.

The little girl also leaves behind her six-year-old brother. Both of her siblings are reportedly distraught over her death.

Khalis’ mother died earlier in the year, says the grandmother, leaving her father to care for the three young children on his own.

A candlelight vigil is being held for Khalis on Saturday and a funeral is being planned for Monday.

Police are currently investigating the incident. It’s unknown what the relationship was between Khalis and the other child who fired the gun nor is the child’s age known at this time. 

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