UPDATE: Milwaukee residents rally after girl's gun death

UPDATED Monday, August 18, 2014 --- 10:45 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Milwaukee community is rallying to reclaim a north side neighborhood where a 10-year-old girl was fatally shot in May.

More than 100 members of Sierra Guyton's community marched near Clarke Street Elementary School on Sunday. The crowd chanted to "let the children play" in opposition to violence in the area.

Guyton was struck by a stray bullet at a school playground and died in July after spending two months on life support. Prosecutors charged 18-year-old Sylvester Lewis with first-degree intentional homicide last week.

Adults at the rally called for stricter gun laws and increased parental involvement.

Lakeesha Collins tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel she withdrew her daughters from the school because of the shooting. She says kids in the area shouldn't be as accustom to violence as they are.

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UPDATED Tuesday, July 15, 2014 --- 7:55 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Friends and family members of a 10-year-old girl who was fatally shot on a Milwaukee playground are calling for an end to gun violence.

Hundreds gathered to honor Sierra Guyton with a vigil at the playground Monday night. Guyton died Sunday after being in care at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin since the May 21 shooting. She was shot in the head by a stray bullet while playing at Clarke Street Elementary School, where she was in the third grade.

Family members told stories about Guyton and attendees advocated to get guns off the streets. Gutyon's mother collapsed while sobbing during the memorial. Children released dozens of balloons into the sky.

Guyton's grandmother says she doesn't want another grandmother or parent to cry because a child was killed.

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UPDATED Monday, July 14, 2014 --- 6:57 a.m.

A Milwaukee girl who was shot nearly two months ago has died. Ten-year-old Sierra Guyton was with her sister at a playground when she was shot in the head May 21st.

She died at Children's Hospital early Sunday. Two people have been charged in the shooting.

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UPDATED Monday, June 2, 2014 --- 4:50 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A second suspect has been charged in connection with the shooting of a 10-year-old girl at a Milwaukee playground.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jamey Lamont Jackson was charged Monday with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Jackson was arrested last week. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1jNbDkk ) reports that according to the complaint, a 16-year-old witness identified Jackson as one of two men she saw running, with handguns, after the shooting.

Another man, 18-year-old Sylvester Lewis, was earlier charged with first-degree reckless injury and two other felonies in the May 21 shooting that left Sierra Guyton hospitalized.

The child was playing with her 12-year-old sister when she was shot in the head.

Online court records do not list a defense attorney for Jackson. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday.

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UPDATED Wednesday, May 28, 2014 --- 3:41 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- An 18-year-old man has been charged in the shooting of a 10-year-old girl on a Milwaukee playground.

A criminal complaint filed Wednesday says Sylvester Lewis told police he fired toward the playground after a man who was hanging out there shot at him.

Lewis has been charged with first-degree reckless injury and two other felonies. He faces more than 47 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Police Chief Edward Flynn told reporters Monday that Lewis has 15 previous arrests. Court records show he received a 12-month sentence in January 2013 for a burglary conviction but the sentence was stayed.

Lewis does not have an attorney listed in online court records in the shooting case. A message left for his attorney in the burglary case was not immediately returned.

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UPDATED Monday, May 26, 2014 --- 7:10 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Police have arrested a suspect with a long criminal record in the shooting of a 10-year-old girl on a Milwaukee playground.

Police Chief Edward Flynn told reporters Monday the 18-year-old man has 15 previous arrests. He was on probation for burglary when Sierra Guyton was shot in the head and seriously wounded Wednesday night. Sierra remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Police say the girl was caught in the crossfire at the Clarke Street Elementary School playground between two people shooting at each other.

Flynn says the suspect's arrest record includes battery, robbery, vehicle theft, trespassing and burglary.

A second suspect remains at large.

Mayor Tom Barrett is urging the people of Milwaukee to put down their guns.

Flynn says they need the community to stay "engaged and enraged."

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Posted Thursday, May 22, 2014 --- 1:16 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee police are still looking for the shooters who seriously wounded a 10-year-old girl on a Milwaukee playground.

Authorities say the girl was caught in the cross-fire of a shootout on the playground of Clarke Street Elementary School Wednesday night. Family members identify the victim as Sierra Guyton, a third-grader at the school.

The girl is the second child in about a week to be wounded by gunfire in Milwaukee. An 11-year-old girl and another person were shot and wounded in an alley on the north side May 14.

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