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N.J. girl taken off life support two days after she was hit by stray bullet

"I don't think poor kids deserve to die like this," Wendy Rodriguez told WNBC-TV.
By Frances Burns   |   July 8, 2014 at 2:56 PM
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PATERSON, N.J., July 8 (UPI) -- The family of a Paterson, N.J., girl took her off life support two days after she was hit in the head by a stray bullet while she played outdoors.

A relative said that Genesis Rincon's organs were donated. She was declared brain-dead after she was shot Saturday night.

Police do not believe the 12-year-old was targeted by the shooter. She was riding a scooter on Rosa Parks Boulevard at the time.

Rincon's family gathered at St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson to say farewell. A weeping aunt recalled that Genesis always "hugged and kissed" her when they saw each other.

"I don't think poor kids deserve to die like this," a cousin, Wendy Rodriguez, told WNBC-TV.

A vigil was held Monday and another is planned for Tuesday. Rev. Della Fischer, a spokesman for the family, called for more police on the street in Paterson on Monday.

"Paterson, we're in trouble, and we're not going to be quiet no more -- we're going to make noise," she said.

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