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CaptureNew Orleans Police homicide detectives on Tuesday questioned and released a person of interest in the murder of 11-year old Arabian Gayles.

Louisiana State Police picked up Jordan Montrell around 4:00 Tuesday afternoon and delivered him to the NOPD for questioning.

Someone fatally shot Gayles on September 2 while she was inside her home on General Ogden Street.

The reward has been increased for information about the murder of  11-year-old Arabian Gayles.

Gayles died after being shot in the Carrollton area earlier on September 2.

She was one of three people who were shot at a home in the 1400 block of General Ogden Street.

After two donations, Crimestoppers has increased the reward to $12,500.

11-year-old Arabian Gayles was laid to rest Saturday.

Gayles’ family tells WGNO she was playing video games in her West Carrollton Home when gunmen stood outside and opened fire. The shooting happened on Labor Day.

No one has been arrested for her murder, but NOPD detectives believe a white 2013 Volkswagen CC Sport may have been used during the shooting.

Call Crimestoppers with information at 504.822.1111.

11-year-old Arabian Gayles, who was shot and killed on Labor Day, will be laid to rest Saturday.

Gayles was killed as she played video games in her West Carrollton home after gunmen shot into the house.

Services are set for 10 a.m. at Prayer Tower Church of God in Christ on Willow Street.

Tonight the NOPD helps bring justice to the families of 1-year-old Londyn Samuels and 11-year-old Arabian Gayles.

Keelen Armstrong

Police Chief Ronal Serpas says 24-year-old Keelen Armstrong, pictured at left, now faces first degree murder charges among others for the shooting death of Samuels who was in her babysitters arms last week as shots rang out on South Saratoga in Central City. Police believe he was not alone.

“We believe that there is at least one other individual responsible for the shootings,” a says NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas, “And we urge him to turn himself in.”

As for Monday’s shooting that claimed the life of 11-year-old Arabian Gayles on General Ogden in West Carrollton, police have names 33-year-old Keith Ward as a person of interest saying they believe he was at the scene as gunmen shot into Arabian’s home.

Chief Serpas says he hopes certain people who know something must call in and step up.

“Unfortunately we wonder how it is very specific people in this community, not the community at large, but we wonder how it is some of these people went to sleep at night knowing how this baby died,” says Supt. Serpas.

“I wouldn’t wish no body to go through this. What I’m going through, I feel like a piece of me is gone and she’s not coming back,” says Ashley Moffett, the mother of 11-year-old Arabian Gayles as she tries to make sense of the chaos. Just yesterday she lost one of her babies after gunmen shot into her West Carrollton home.

Tonight hundreds surrounded the family with prayers and messages of hope. Little Arabian has become the second child killed in the city in less than a week. On Thursday 1-year-old Londyn Samuels was shot in her babysitters arms in Central City. Arabian’s family says she was killed as bullets pierced her home while she played video games on the couch just steps from the front door.

“Arabian Gayles is part of me. I can’t wake up every morning and her not sleeping next to me, waking up and not; she didn’t even make it to thirteen yet,” says Arabian’s sister, 13-year-old Sierra Gayles.

Sierra Gayles says she was at her cousins house when shots rang out. She says she asked Arabian to come with her, but the 11-year-old decided to stay behind.

“It’s not right and it’s not fair. My baby lost her life. She was innocent,” says Moffett as she pleads for the gunmen to come forward, “She didn’t do nobody nothing, nothing!”

The NOPD has yet to name any suspects.

Crimestoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment. You can phone in your tips anonymously at 504.822.1111.

Funeral arrangements are set for 11-year-old Arabian Gayles. Services begin at 10am next Saturday, September 14th, at Prayer Tower Church of God in Christ on Willow.

Monday morning, friends and family of 11-year-old Arabian Gayles are grieving. She’s become the second child in a week’s time to be killed by gun violence in the city.

Arabian’s uncle says, “I was in the room just on the laptop listening to music and I just heard gunshots fired like multiple times, and then I heard my sister holler, “Not my baby.”

Just after midnight on Labor Day police believe multiple gunmen fired shots into a home on the 1300 block of General Ogden Street near the Riverbend. Detectives say more than a dozen bullet casings were recovered from the scene.

“The bullet went through this. It went right through it. It was in the bedroom.”

Now a makeshift memorial including a shot up teddy bear reminds neighbors of the horror that unfolded here. 11-year-old Arabian Gayles was probably not the intended target. Her uncle says she was just playing video games on the couch when bullets pierced her home. At least one shattered glass on the front door and struck her in the head.

“When I picked her up and grabbed her, her head flopped like that on my arm; that’s how I was covered up with blood last night. Parts of her meat were hanging on my arm, and then when I finally sat her in my lap she was making a little humming noise. I said to my brother-in-law, I said, drive, push it, push it, she’s still breathing, she might going to make it, she might going to make it.”

Arabian Gayles made it to the hospital, but died a few hours later. Her 11-year-old cousin and a 38-year-old man were also shot. Police say they are expected to make a full recovery.

“This one right here is the worst one ever.”

Arabian’s uncle doesn’t think he’ll ever move forward after what he’s been through. He says their entire family is in shock on a holiday they had planned to celebrate.

So far the NOPD has not named any suspects.

Crimestoppers has increased the reward for information leading to an arrest to $5,000. You can call your anonymous tips in to 504.822.1111.

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A memorial to honor 11-year-old Arabian Gayles on her front porch. (Photo from WGNO’s Vanessa Bolano)

(from the New Orleans Police Department) – An 11-year-old girl was killed, and her 11-year-old cousin and a local man were wounded early this morning when multiple gunmen opened fire on a house in Pension Town.

Gunshots were heard at about 12:15am in the 1300-block of General Ogden Street.  Inside a residence in that block, one 11-year-old girl was shot multiple times and was immediately taken to a nearby hospital.  She died of her wounds at approximately 5:10 this morning.

The other little girl suffered gunshots to her right hand and elbow.  The third victim, a 38-year-old local man, was found lying on the floor of the residence.  He had been shot in the back.  Both the child and the male victim were transported to the hospital for treatment.

There were several other children sleeping at the residence at the time of the shootings, as well as two other adults. None of them was harmed.  The uninjured children range in age from 4-to-9-years-old.

Investigators have canvassed the neighborhood to gather information and Crime Lab technicians are analyzing more than a dozen bullet casings recovered from the scene. The casings are of different types, so detectives believe there were multiple gunmen involved.

The CrimeStoppers reward in this case has already been doubled to $5000 for any information in this case that could lead to arrests and eventual indictments.  The number to call is (504)822-1111.

“This is a case of unconscionable, reckless violence, which has devastated yet another New Orleans family, who must now make funeral arrangements for one of its children.  And this child’s cousin must now try to heal both physically and emotionally after suffering gunshot wounds at the young age of 11”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

“I want the people of New Orleans to know that our Homicide division was on the scene of this crime minutes after the shots rang out, and our detectives are following up on every piece of information they have obtained.  Again, we need the community to step up to assist us in making those responsible pay for their actions.  They must be stopped.”

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