The shooting took place just before 9 p.m. at Academy Park High School on the 300 block of Calcon Hook Road in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania.
A match between Academy Park and Pennsbury High School had just ended when gunfire broke out near the concession stand. Some 100 to 200 people left the game as gunfire rang out.
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8-year-old Fanta Bility died at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Lansdowne, Delaware County, from a gunshot wound to the chest. The shooting also injured the girl’s 13-year-old sister and a teenager. No details were immediately available on these victims.
“Even this morning, I was looking at pictures of Fanta and thinking about her,” said the child’s uncle, Mohamed Bility. “We miss her, we miss her, we miss her, we miss her.”
A K-9 unit, officers with metal detectors, and federal agents covered the immediate area looking for an undisclosed object or evidence.
Those who live near the school have been heartbroken at the loss of their lives.
“It doesn’t happen here, it’s a really quiet area,” said resident Steve Overholt.
Others in the area are now trying to hold a vigil in memory of Fanta as the family prepare to put her to rest.
“Everyone from this community, Philadelphia, wherever you are, come and show this little girl some respect and love and bring a teddy bear, bring a balloon, bring a prayer, pray for her family,” said a relative from the area named Jackie.
In a statement, the prosecutor expressed sympathy for the loss of life and asked anyone with information to come forward.
“On Friday night a terrible tragedy occurred – the senseless death of 8-year-old Fanta Bility. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during these most difficult times,” District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said in a statement released on Monday.
Stollsteimer said the ongoing investigation includes an investigation into the discharge of weapons by police following the first shots fired by civilians in the vicinity of the football stadium.
Action News has learned that three police officers from Sharon Hill fired their guns during the incident. Authorities did not say if the police shot anyone.
On Monday evening, a constant stream of relatives and friends came to the family’s home to pay their respects.
Philadelphia anti-violence activists gathered outside a makeshift memorial outside the football stadium.
“Children are dying, babies are killing babies. When is this going to end?” activist Khalif Mujahid-Ali said.
The family say that Fanta’s funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia.
Anyone with information about the shooting or the investigation is asked to call 610-891-8030.
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