14-year-old girl fatally shot while lying in bed at Cleveland home

Abe’bre’anna Jackson has been identified as the victim
Abe'bre'anna Jackson was shot and killed as she lay sleeping in her bed. Police are searching...
Abe'bre'anna Jackson was shot and killed as she lay sleeping in her bed. Police are searching for her killers. There is a $5,000 CRIMESTOPPERS reward.(Courtesy: Cleveland Ohio Remembrance Page)
Published: May. 23, 2022 at 5:13 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - 14-year-old girl fatally shot while lying in bed at Cleveland home

According to a department spokesperson, the teenager was shot in the head around midnight Sunday while lying in her bed.

A school resource officer who knew the victim has identified her to 19 News as Abe’bre’anna M. Jackson, of Cleveland.

Cleveland police said the shooting happened at a home in the 9700 block of Columbia Avenue in the city’s Glenville neighborhood.

Shots were fired at the home by occupants of a vehicle that pulled into the driveway, according to the spokesperson.

Jackson’s mother as well as three other children were inside the home when the shooting took place.

Police said they were not injured and Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ward 9 City of Cleveland Councilman Kevin Conwell is imploring the public to do the right thing and help investigators solve this crime. 19 News cameras were rolling Monday afternoon as he went door-to-door searching for answers,

“Somebody’s gotta tell me something. When I heard that they weren’t talking with police officers and when I reached out to the commanders, they said some of the people were hostile and I told police, I’ll walk with you guys and find out what’s going on,” he said.

The family sent 19 News this statement:

“It is with broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our daughter, Abe’bre’anna M. Jackson, was tragically shot and murdered in a drive by shooting in the late hours of Sunday May 22, 2022. Abe’bre’anna was a joy to our entire family and we want all to know that she was incredible. She fought hard to enter this world as a premature baby, she overcame so much. She was super smart, she was our family “diva,” she always wanted her hair done, she was talented, beautiful, and brave. Her fellow students, teachers and staff at Franklin D. Roosevelt enjoyed having her in school. Abe’bre’anna loved being a sister to all of her brothers and sisters. She was deeply loved by her parents, mom, Alexis Jackson, dad and step-mom John and Jocelyn Watkins, her brothers and sisters, and her entire family. The family is requesting prayers and privacy at this time. This is an unimaginably sad time and absolutely devastating. If you would like to support the entire family all cards, words of encouragement, donations and offerings are being sent to New Life At Calvary Church 2020 East 79th St. Cleveland, OH 44103 in care of “The Jackson/Watkins Family.” Cash App $2NLAC Please keep the entire family in your prayers.”

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call Cleveland police at 216-623-5464.

Anonymous tips can be submitted to CrimeStoppers; A cash reward of up to $5,000 may be available.

This is a developing story. Return to 19 News for updates.

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