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Girl, 5, fatally shot in the chest by another child on Thanksgiving was rushed to the hospital in her widowed dad’s arms

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A FAMILY is mourning after a shooting on Thanksgiving took the life of a five-year-old girl who was rushed to the hospital in her dad’s arms only months after her mom died.

Khalis Eberhart’s life was cut short after a freak accident caused an unsecured handgun to go off, shooting her in the chest.

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The little girl died after a gun went off after being picked up by another child in the home[/caption]

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Police are investigating the incident, which took place at The Gardens at Camp Creek Apartment Homes on Thanksgiving[/caption]

Another child in the South Fulton, Georgia, home reportedly picked up a gun that was sitting on a chair near Khalis.

Somehow it went off, resulting in tragedy, her grandmother said.

Khalis was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital after her father ran with her in his arms to paramedics.

“Khalis was a very smart girl, she was very outgoing,” said the girl’s grandmother, Tracy Towns. “She kept a smile on her face, happy little child.”

The family has called the loss “shocking” and “traumatic” but says the Thanksgiving shooting was accidental.

Khalis had a twin with who she shared a “great bond” according to her grandmother. 

It is not clear if she was there at the time of the shooting.

“When you saw one, you saw the other one. They were always holding hands, hugging,” said Towns.


The little girl also leaves behind her six-year-old brother. Both of her siblings are reportedly distraught over her death.

Khalis’ mother died earlier in the year, says the grandmother, leaving her father to care for the three young children on his own.

A candlelight vigil is being held for Khalis on Saturday and a funeral is being planned for Monday.

Police are currently investigating the incident.

It’s unknown what the relationship was between Khalis and the other child who fired the gun nor is the child’s age known at this time. 

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Khalis’ father had been taking care of the three children after the death of her mother earlier in the year[/caption]

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Khalis had two siblings, one of whom was her twin who she had a ‘great bond’ with[/caption]

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