"We do pray for those in this community," said the pastor. "We do pray for those affected by violence everyday."
A prayer and a call to stop the violence in one Southeast Bakersfield community. Neighbors joined hand in hand in memory of 2-year-old Ka-mya Robinson while her family struggled to find the words.
"There is nothing I can pinpoint and say how we feel," family member Keanna Francisco said. "I can't explain it, it's unexplanatory."
The toddler, who has a twin sister, was playing outside her Southeast Bakersfield home Monday night when a stray bullet hit her. Police said a group of men in an SUV got into a fight with another group of men walking on South Robinson Street and Virginia Avenue. Someone in the SUV opened fire. The search is still on for the shooter.
"I know our police department is very effective and they will bring them to justice," Bakersfield Mayor Harvey Hall said at the prayer vigil. " I have every confidence that will happen."
A small memorial of flowers and teddy bears sits outside the toddler's home as neighbors call for a stop to the violence.
"This is our neighborhood and we have to make sure it is safe for our kids," Francisco said. "Look what happened to an innocent baby."
Police are asking for your help in finding at least six men who left the scene, four were in a dark blue Lincoln Navigator SUV. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and filing of charges against those responsible.
If you have any information call the secret witness hotline at 661-322-4040.