Family holds vigil for 17-year-old after being shot at Flint drive by

Published: Jul. 29, 2020 at 5:28 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - (07/29/2020) - A Flint family is mourning the loss of a 17 year old girl on Wednesday night.

She was shot in the back while inside a relative’s home on the city’s west side. Police say she was transported to Hurley Medical Center and listed in critical condition. They say she died on Tuesday.

As police work to find those responsible, those who loved her gathered for a vigil to honor a young life taken far too soon.

”Alexis, that was baby. That was my baby. They took my baby from me for nothing,” Ericka Fordham said.

Fordham still couldn’t believe what happened to her 17-year-old daughter, Alexis Aaron. She says she was shot in a drive by shooting around 1:00 Sunday morning. She was at a relative’s house on Johnson Avenue off West Court Street in Flint.

“It was sad, bogue, unfair. I can’t believe it. I can’t believe this happened to me,” Fordham said.

We spoke to Flint Police Chief Phil Hart, who says there is nobody in custody at this time. Fordham says they have leads, but wants justice for her baby.

“I really hope they get whoever did this to my baby. I just want justice for my baby. It’s the only way I’ll be at peace and probably try to pick up the pieces to even start my life. I know my life will never be the same. I don’t even know where I’m going to start from,” Fordham said.

In the meantime, her family and friends gathered with candles and balloons to remember her life, wearing t-shirts with Alexis’ name and face on it, and lighting candles to spell out ‘Alexis Forever’ with the number ’17.’ She was just seventeen years old when she tragically lost her life.

Fordham describes her 17-year-old as sweet, innocent, and outgoing. She says Alexis loved being surrounded by her younger cousins, playing on her phone, and going out to eat.

She was a normal kid, loved dearly by her family.

“My family is hurting. We are all hurt. We never in our lives experienced this. We are going through something we hope we never have to go through again, and we don’t wish this on any other family,” Lizzie Fordham said.

Lizzie Fordham is Alexis’ cousin, and she says the senseless gun violence needs to stop.

“We got to save the future. We got to save our generation because we killing each other. Our babies are killing our babies. We’re going to be extinct in a minute. We have to stop. Enough is enough,” Lizzie Fordham said.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Detective Tpr. Keith Bieganski at 810-701-0364 or Crime Stoppers of Flint & Genesee County for an anonymous tip at 1-800-422-JAIL (5245). Other options include the P3TIPS mobile app or online at

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