Kansas City Teen Killed in Drive-by Shooting ‘Had Her Fingers Crossed’ Before She Died, Witness Says

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A 15-year-old Kansas City, Kansas, girl attempted to outrun a drive-by shooting on Friday, but her life ended moments later on the floor of her cousin's apartment.

Brannae' Browne is seen in a photo posted to a GoFundMe page.
Brannae' Browne is seen in a photo posted to a GoFundMe page.

Brannae Browne had been sitting outside on the porch with friends at about 6:30 p.m. Friday when a beat-up silver Chevy Impala drove up and someone inside opened fire.  She got up to run away but was shot in the stomach.

"I was saying Brannae, Brannae, Brannae. Please don't leave us. Brannae, stay with us, stay with us," said Tahsay Horton.

Horton and her sister Tanesha say it was their apartment that was targeted. They were across the street with their children when the shooting happened.

The carpet in Tanesha Horton's apartment has been cut out where 15-year-old Brannae Browne collapsed and died.

"The last time we said her name, she turned her head and looked at me and my sister and she had her fingers crossed like this, and that's when she took her last breath," Tahsay Horton said.

Brannae was a sophomore at J.C. Harmon High School and wanted to be a dentist.

"Everybody loved her. Everybody loved Brannae," Tanesha Horton said.

The sisters told KTLA sister station WDAF that it was the second time in about a month that the apartment has been shot up because of a dispute between young boys no older than 17 years old.

The Horton sisters say Browne was dating their brother, a 17-year-old boy who is in custody for participating in a shoot-out, allegedly with a rival group that Tanesha and Tahsay Horton believe is responsible for the attacks on their apartment and the murder of Brannae.

"As long as I got breath in my body, as long as I'm breathing, justice will be served for Brannae," Tanesha Horton said.

"There's no sense in this senseless violence. There is not sense of it" Tahsay Horton said.

Police have not said whether the suspects in the deadly drive-by are the people the sisters believe they are. There were two other people shot during the drive-by. One boy was grazed in the shoulder, the other shot in the back. Both are expected to recover.

"I get over here and my cousin, he is walking out of the building like, 'It hurt. It hurt.'  He had got shot in his back and then I just seen a whole puddle of blood," Tahsay Horston said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Browne's family with funeral expenses.

One person has been arrested in connection to the drive-by shooting that killed Brannae, but charges had not yet been filed on Tuesday. Those who have information about who murdered Brannae are asked to call the TIPS Hotline. It is anonymous. The number: 816-474-8477.

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