by: Amy Napier Viteri Updated:
ATLANTA - The family of a 3-year-old girl shot and killed in a southwest Atlanta home told Channel 2 Action News it was a tragic accident.
Lucile Williams is Takira, known as Kira, Garlington’s great-grandmother. She sat next to Kira's mother, Tiana Garlington, as she told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri the family is still in shock.
"I still feel like I’m still dreaming and I haven’t woke up out of the dream," Williams said. "All we know is it was an accident and we truly do believe and we know it was an accident."
Atlanta police said 3-year-old Kira died after being shot in the stomach Wednesday afternoon while visiting a home on Cushman Circle.
On Thursday, investigators charged Kira's uncle, 18-year-old Larenzo Montgomery, with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct.
Williams told Viteri they have not been able to speak to Montgomery, who was extremely close to his young niece.
"The sad thing is we’re not able to talk to him to comfort him, to to let him know that we know that it was an accident," she said.
The family is trying to find a way to cover funeral expenses for the toddler, who Williams described as happy and always trying to cheer up others.
Williams stressed the importance of keeping guns away from children. She said the gun involved in the shooting did not belong to Montgomery.
Police said the investigation into the shooting is ongoing. They are doing a trace on the handgun they recovered in the home to determine ownership.