Six-year-old Tiana Ricks was shot and killed and her father wounded Sunday night in Moreno Valley. I stopped by the house where Tiana was murdered to view the vigil of candles and teddy bears outside the garage. Coming from inside the house were some family members, including a young man who was limping. He was Tiana's father. He was younger than I expected, only 26 years old. I told him that I was sorry for his loss. He came over to me. I told him his daughter was beautiful and that she had a lot of hair. He smiled and even maybe gave me a little laugh. I remember thinking how strong the human spirit can be. I had a lot of questions that I wanted to ask about him and his daughter, but I could not bring myself to ask him anything. It all seemed so unimportant at that moment when everything was so fresh.The neighborhood where this happened is a nice suburban family neighborhood with medium-sized to large homes. It is not the face of poverty or oppression, simply regular families trying to give their kids a decent life. In the driveway in front of the garage where Tiana and her father were shot there was a parked car riddled with bullets. I had never seen that before, and it was very disturbing and sad. On the hood of the car was a poster of Princess Tiana, from the Disney movie "The Princess and the Frog." One of the questions I wanted to ask Tiana's father was if Tiana was named after the Disney character. But unlike the Disney character, this Tiana will never be kissed by her frog.I felt myself welling up with tears, as her young father drove off with family members. He had only moved to Southern California from Indiana a week ago. It is reported that as Tiana lay dying in her father's arms she said to him, "Daddy, are you okay?"Tiana's funeral services are scheduled for Sunday.Update: The Rapper known as "The Game" has offered the family $10,000 to help pay for funeral costs.Further Update: A 21-year-old admitted gang member has been arrested for the murder of Tiana Ricks. He was currently on parole.
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