Jurnee Thompson, 8, was waiting with her family at a restaurant in St. Louis late last week when she was shot dead.
It belongs to at least a dozen children who have since been killed in shots in the city, according to The Associated Press April. And now the authorities, who have been trying to prosecute the killers, have posted $ 25,000 for information that has led to arrests in  four recent cases, including theirs.
"When you are as outraged as I am when I say: Who does it? Who shoots in the direction of a 3-year-old? Who shoots in the direction of a 7-year-old or an 8-year-old or a 1
The case of Xavier Usanga, 7, shot earlier this month was not considered The reward announcement, though a man has admitted to firing the shot that killed him, according to The St. Louis Post -Dispatch.
"We need more information, we need the key information for these crimes, for these detectives to arrest," said Lisa Pisciotta, executive director of the St. Louis Regional Crimestoppers, the organization that manages the rewards, on Tuesday. Investigations on all child deaths this year continue, police said in a statement.
After the rewards had been announced, another child, Sentonio Cox, 15, shot the paper. The dozen or so children killed in gunfire this year in St. Louis are about the same or over the past five years, according to The Post-Dispatch.
This week, the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus announced it had sent a letter to Governor Michael Parson asking him to pass a bill at a special legislative session that would allow high-armed communities to impose arms restrictions , (According to the National Rifle Association of America lobbying arm, except for a handful of states, there are local arms control regulations.)
"We consider this an emergency that requires the attention of the entire General Assembly and Governor." Representative Steve Roberts , Chairman of the Caucus, said in the release, citing the deaths in St. Louis and Kansas City. "Measures must be taken to stem this increase in the violence in our cities and to help local law enforcement agencies protect our children."
In a statement, Governor Parson acknowledged the problem, but disagreed with the solution proposed by the Caucus. A special session was not the right way to tackle the problem.
"If we want to change violent crimes in Missouri, we all need to work together at the federal, state, local and community levels to address this issue goal," he said. On Tuesday night, Beto O'Rourke, who aspires to the nomination for Democratic president, highlighted the deaths in St. Louis in a series of tweets to "not lose sight of individual lives lost According to the Pew Research Center, St. Louis has the highest homicide rate in the country since 2014. According to the St. Louis Police Department, which were released on Monday, 186 and 186 were in the city last year.
134 murders have been committed so far this year.
Mayor Krewson's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.