DILLON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – 5-year-old Perla Banuelos Allende lost her life in Dillon County around 2 a.m. Saturday morning on Lester Road after her family says a party happening just across the street from their house got out of hand.
Lakiesha Shanae Martin, 24, of Latta, has been charged with attempted murder for the shooting of one of the victims; she is being held at the Dillon County Detention Center.
The family said they were all sleeping at the time of the shooting. Martha Allende, the mother of the children, was in another room sleeping with her 3-year-old boy Angel. Her other three children, 14-year-old Ingris, 11-year-old Teresa, and 5-year-old Perla were sound asleep in a separate room together. Around 2 a.m. Saturday morning, Ingris and Teresa were woken up by sudden gunshots. The family says that there was a fight that led up to the shooting outside of their house. Two of the bullets made its way into the home. One of the bullets grazed Teresa’s neck and another hit Perla in the stomach while she was sleeping, ultimately killing her.
“We were walking and then my mom just stops us and says go check real quickly because it smells like from your room, there’s a plastic burning smell. So we run to our room and then I see on my bed there’s broken white stuff and I notice that’s glass. As I turn around I’m going to tell him I found broken glass..and then he showed me right in my face that the bullet he has in his hand he found it near the bed where my little sister was. So he starts shaking her and she doesn’t move. So he turns her around and right there since she was lying on her stomach, the bullet hole was right there..and she’s laying in blood.. he quickly brings her outside and he’s yelling like “she’s dead she’s dead..why oh god why is she dead”,” said Ingrid Banuelos Allende, the oldest sister.
The family does not know who is responsible for this shooting and is demanding justice to be served. The family is from Siler City, North Carolina and plans to set up funeral arrangements for Perla there. A vigil will also be held soon. They also plan to move back to Siler City, North Carolina to stay close with their family and friends during this difficult time.
According to Capt. Cliff Arnette with the Dillon County Sheriff’s Office, two adults were also wounded early Saturday morning on Lester Road during the same incident.
The investigation is on going.
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