Two Fund-Raisers For 8-Year-Old Girl Shot in Chest

Saturday, Feb 22, 2014  |  Updated 9:05 AM EDT
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Two Fund-Raisers For 8-Year-Old Girl Shot in Chest

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Two fund-raisers Saturday will help a young girl from D.C. who is still recovering after being shot in the chest.

Makayla Darden, 8, was shot Feb. 16 near her home in Southeast, apparently by accident. Two men have been charged with assault with intent to kill in the incident.

Her school, the Imagine Southeast Public Charter School, will hold a car wash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds will go to Makayla's family.

At 3 p.m., there will also be a prayer vigil at the charter school.

Makalya was shot in the chest and a bullet hit her lung. The girl had emergency surgery and was placed on a respirator.

Police reports say Makalya was shot near a playground outside her aunt's apartment as she walked back to her mother's home. Other children pointed out the suspects, saying "There they go."

The suspects told a different story: They claimed they had come to an apartment to buy pot, and that Makayla opened the door. During the sale, they said, there was a struggle and a gun dropped and fired.

However, charging documents say the two suspects, Karie Brown, 19, and Nathaniel "Psycho" Patten, 21, both of southeast Washington, did not have money on them to buy drugs, which casts doubt on their story.

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