2-year-old shooting victim dies as MPD searches for suspects

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Family members confirm that 2-year-old Laylah Washington died late Tuesday night at LeBonheur Children's Hospital, two days after she was shot in the head.

Her mother told police she told some guys driving crazy in a parking lot off Winchester to not hit her car.

Police said the suspects followed them down the road and opened fire before getting away in their Chevy Impala.

Nearly 36 hours later, a source told WREG Crime Stoppers only received one tip, but it may possibly help police identify the suspect's car.

A clerk at a Q-Mark on Winchester also told WERG detectives may have found something in the security footage they pulled Monday night.

Washington's family spent the last two days at Layla's bedside.

"Jesus pray for them. Pray for us," said her uncle Terry Washington. "Doesn't matter if she's my niece or not, point is it's a child."

MPD Director Michael Rallings sent a statement saying, "When I was told that someone shot and critically injured 2-year-old Laylah Washington, I was disgusted. This type of senseless violence must stop."

He went on to say, "To the family of little Laylah, I want you to know that I am praying for you. Also, know that the men and women of the Memphis Police Department are working tirelessly to bring justice to those with no regard for human life."

If you have any info, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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