The family said they are focusing on their daughter's funeral and hope their son will be "represented and supported."
An accident has changed the lives of a family forever after their 11-year-old girl was fatally shot in Fitchburg, Wisconsin.
On Tuesday night, September 28, 2021, officers from the Fitchburg Police were called to an apartment in the 5100 block of Curry Court after a 911 call reported a victim being shot. When officers arrived at around 9:35 pm, they found the 11-year-old child named Carolanah Schenk with a gunshot wound.
Carolanah was soon rushed to the hospital but succumbed to life-threatening injuries and was eventually pronounced dead.
It was reported that the sixth-grader's 15-year-old brother was involved in the incident and caused Carolanah's untimely death, according to PEOPLE.
The victim's parents put out a statement and said they were currently focusing on their daughter's funeral as well as supporting their son, who was booked into the Dane County Juvenile Reception Center.
"We want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your calls and support over the last 48 hours," Carolanah's parents said in a statment provided to NBC15.
"Our attention is now being focused on coordinating our daughter’s funeral while at the same time praying that our son is represented and supported," the statement continued. "This has been an horrific few days for our family and our goal is to get our son the legal support he needs as this accident has taken an emotional toll on all of us. If you can respect our privacy over the next few days, we need time to grieve and digest all that has occurred. God bless and thank you all for understanding."
After Carolanah's death, a GoFundMe page was set up to help the grieving family lay the child to rest.
The parents described her as "our beautiful little girl" and said: "Our daughter loved playing video games with her brothers and father. She loved arts and crafts, loved dogs, and enjoyed posting funny pictures and videos of herself and others on TikTok and Instagram. Our daughter meant the world to us and this has devastated our family. We are asking the community to help put our baby to rest and we need your assistance during this difficult time."
So far, the donations have exceeded the goal of $25,000, and the page has raised $32,468 for the family.
As the family continues to grieve, police officers are still investigating the incident and keeping the identity of the 15-year-old boy private. The teenager was first taken to the Dane County Jail and accused of first degree reckless homicide. This was later modified, and the boy now faces a "tentative charge of Homicide by Negligent Handling of a Dangerous Weapon," according to an official press release. "The investigation into the circumstances of the shooting remains open and active."
Following Carolanah's death, Superintendent Dr. Lesie Bergstrom from Oregon School District acknowledged the death of the six-grader, who was studying at Forest Edge Elementary School.
While speaking with NBC15, Dr. Lesie Bergstrom said: "Our thoughts and condolences are with Carolanah’s family and all in our school community who are impacted by this tragedy."
Cover image source: GoFundMe