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‘One day, we’ll meet again:’ Family of 11-year-old shooting victim decides to remove life support

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The family of Anisa Scott made the toughest decision of their lives Wednesday night.

After the 11-year-old girl spent more than 24 hours in critical condition following a gunshot to the head, they announced Wednesday that they'd be removing her from life support Thursday morning.

"Because of the injuries that my granddaughter has sustained, Anisa will be removed from life support tomorrow morning at 11:11 a.m., chosen by her mom and dad," said grandmother Lorene Gomez.

Gomez said 11:11 was chosen since Anisa was 11 years old and shot on August 11, 2020.

At that time exactly, Anisa will leave us. But also, she won't.

"I will always cherish the 11 years I did get to spend with her," said mom Ashley Rios.

Pointing to her heart, she said, "Anisa will always be right here."

The strength and courage of a girl who loved monster trucks, school and basketball shined brightly through her family and friends Wednesday night as they made the announcement in front of American Family Children's Hospital.

"I have the best niece in the world," her uncle said. "She was an amazing basketball player. She was my best friend."

"She always did the right thing and stuck up for us," one of her friends said. "I love her."

"Anisa was an amazing basketball player, an amazing friend," said another friend. "She will never be forgotten."

Anisa was shot Tuesday just before noon while riding in a car down East Washington Avenue. Police say the shooters weren't aiming for her, but they got her -- forcing a family to make an unimaginable decision.

"My grandbaby will take her wings," Gomez said. "We ask you for continued love and support and prayers."

"I love you with all my heart, baby," her father said. "And one day, we'll meet again."

As her friends and family took the time to remember her and reflect on her life, they also took the time to issue a reminder to the community.

"In many ways, too many of us have been here before," said Rev.Everett Mitchell. "This is a reminder to hold your babies tonight, hold your children tight, because no parent should have to have this anguish of this moment."

Gun violence has been escalating in Madison this year, and Anisa's family members pleaded with the community for it to stop.

"We have lost a precious child that we can never get back," said Anisa's other grandmother. "It could have been anyone's child. It happened to be our's."

Police have not arrested anyone in the case.

"Forget this street code," said Boys & Girls Club CEO Michael Johnson. "If there is someone out there who knows who did it, please report it. We want justice for this young child. Because she deserved to live."

Anisa's family thanked people in the community for their support, and Johnson asked everyone to continue that support in the days, weeks and months ahead.

An online fundraiser has already raised nearly $40,000.

Andrew Merica

Reporter/Producer, 27 News

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