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6-year-old girl dies in Cleveland shooting

Police said the child was sleeping inside a home when shots were fired.

CLEVELAND — A 6-year-old girl is dead after being shot in an east side home early Saturday morning.

It happened in the 1300 block of E. 171st Street around 1 a.m. Officials say the child was sleeping inside the home when shots were fired and she was struck in the head.

Officers administered first aid before EMS transferred the child to University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center for treatment. She later died from her injuries, and has been identified as Lyric Melodi Lawson.

Lyric was a student at Hannah-Gibbons in Cleveland's Nottingham neighborhood. Counselors will be available beginning Monday and throughout the week for student and faculty. 

Family members have planned a vigil in Lyric's memory for Monday at 5 p.m. at the bus stop across the street from Hannah-Gibbons.

Witnesses told authorities a dark-colored vehicle was seen driving away from the home after the shooting. No arrests have been made at this time, and anyone with information should call police at (216) 621-1234.

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