Mother of Slain DC 10-Year-Old Makiyah Wilson Speaks Upon Arrest of Third Man

"Even though they're going away for a long time, they're still breathing," the child's mother said about the suspects. "They still can talk to their mom. They still can hug their mom. I can't ever do that again with Makiyah"

A third man has been arrested in connection to the shooting death of a 10-year-old girl in Northeast D.C. this summer.

Makiyah Wilson was killed on July 16 after four men jumped out of a car and opened fire on a group of people outside on a hot summer night. 

Gregory Taylor, 23, of Fort Washington, Maryland, was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder, D.C. police chief Peter Newsham announced at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. 

Two people already face murder charges in the crime: 21-year-old Quentin Michals and 20-year-old Qujuan Thomas. 

Wilson, who had recently finished fourth grade, was heading to an ice cream truck when the shooters fired on the 300 block of 53rd Street NE

Her mother, Donnetta Wilson, said she was grateful to police for making the third arrest. But nothing will ever bring back her child. 

Juveniles Shot in DC in 2018

The victims include a 10-year-old girl who was killed and a 3-year-old boy who was hurt.

Source: NBC Washington reporting and Metropolitan Police Department press releases. NBC Washington submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for police data on all shootings of juveniles in 2018 thus far. The request is pending.
Note: Dates listed are the dates of the shootings, not, when applicable, the deaths of the victims. Map includes victims age 17 and younger.

"They just don't have no care. They laughin'. It's like a big joke," she said about the three suspects. "It's like a story. But this will never be a story to me, because that's my child. I never can get her back. I can never go visit her. I can't. With them, even though they're going away for a long time, they're still breathing. They still can talk to their mom. They still can hug their mom. I can't ever do that again with Makiyah." 

Donnetta Wilson wore a jean jacket with "MAKIYAH" written across the shoulder blades and photos of her daughter on the back. 

The night that Wilson was killed, the gunmen fired more than 60 shots, got back into the Infiniti sedan and sped off. Police believe the four shooters were joined by a fifth man, the driver. 

The little girl's family tried to save her, but she died. 

"When she actually passed and took her last breath, she was laying right there in front of her doorway," Donnetta Wilson, previously told News4. 

Four other people, including Wilson's 18-year-old sister, were shot and wounded.

The getaway car, which police said was stolen, was found in Oxon Hill, Maryland, days after the shooting. A woman who was the victim of a carjacking told News4 that the car was hers.

Wilson's family continues to mourn the child's death. 

"Makiyah, she was special," Pandora Wilson, her grandmother, previously told News4. "She loved football. She loved all kinds of sports."

Wilson was the youngest of four siblings and had recently celebrated her 10th birthday.

Police are still searching for at least two additional suspects. 

Taylor is due in court Thursday. Wilson's mother will be there, as she has been for every court appearance in the case. 

At least 21 children and teens have been shot in D.C. in 2018 thus far, a News4 analysis found. Go here to see an interactive map on the crimes.

Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099. Those wishing to remain anonymous can text 50411. A reward of as much as $45,000 is offered. 

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