Khamaya Donelson, 5, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Houston

The mother of the 5-year-old girl killed in a drive-by shooting in Houston over the weekend of July 4 has identified her daughter – when police revealed the child was not the intended target.

Kristena Watters, a mother of two from Houston, said the shots that erupted fatally wounded her daughter Khamaya Dior Donelson and injured her 8-year-old son on Sunday.

“My son saw his little sister, his best friend for lifeeeee [sic] who was hit by a stray bullet in his lap while we were racing to the hospital!” Watters wrote in an emotional Facebook update early Wednesday. “I knew my baby was gone and I was still praying to God for my baby to wake up.”

Houston police previously said Watters was waiting at a traffic light in the 13500 block of Northborough Drive in the Greenspoint neighborhood of high crime around 1 a.m. Sunday when a silver four-door sedan approached the intersection.

Chamaya Donelson
Houston police said Khamaya and her brother were caught in the crossfire when a gunman opened fire on a grocery store.
Facebook/Annie Govain
Chamaya Donelson
Khamaya was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Facebook/Annie Govain

A suspect, described only as a black man, leaned out of the driver’s window with a gun and began shooting at a nearby grocery store, police said.

Police officers said that Khamaya and her older brother, who were in the back seat of their mother’s car, were “caught in the crossfire.”

Watters drove her bullet-riddled children to a hospital, where her daughter was pronounced dead. Her son was treated for a gunshot wound to the arm.

Chamaya Donelson
Police said Khamaya was not the intended target.

“She was such a precious child full of love and laughter,” the grieving mother wrote of Khamaya in a GoFundMe campaign description.

Police said they have not yet determined a motive for the shooting and are asking for the public’s help in identifying the shooter.

Khamaya’s grandmother, Dawn Henderson, wrote in a Facebook post that she hopes whoever killed the little girl “die a slow, hideous, painful death.” Khamaya Donelson, 5, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Houston


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