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10-year-old struck in New Year's celebratory shooting dies

Girl had been in critical condition in Delaware after Cecil County incident

January 03, 2013|By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun

On Thursday, paramedics transported her mother to the hospital after some sutures from a recent surgery came undone, which Blackburn blames on the stress of losing Aaliyah.

The girl often visited Elkton with her mother and spent days at a local Vacation Bible School. She loved the Jersey Shore and Hannah Montana and decorated her room in all things Justin Bieber. Aaliyah loved sparkly dresses, and her grandfather called her a "lil' princess" because she hated getting dirty.

Her family said she will be buried in Manheim, Pa., where she had once lived, though they haven't completed funeral plans.

Easing their pain, the family said, was the fact that Aaliyah's heart, kidneys, liver and lungs were donated to people in need. The girl had seen her grandmother's driver's license, noticed the organ donor designation, and declared that she would like to do the same thing.

"That's what she would have wanted," Cheri Blackburn said.

Baltimore Sun reporter Kevin Rector contributed to this article.

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