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Baby whose mother was shot dead in Miami Gardens has died, police say

The 7-month-old baby who was fighting for its life in the hospital after his mother was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting has died, Miami Gardens police said Friday.

The baby, who was being called “KJ” by the family of Qualecia James, 21, was succesfully delivered after his mother was brought to Jackson Memorial Hospital Sunday afternoon and remained in critical condition for the rest of the week.

James, who also had a 3-year-old daughter, was shot while sitting in a car Sunday afternoon at Northwest 182nd Street and 32nd Avenue. The gray car was traveling north on Northwest 32nd Avenue at about 2 p.m. when a vehicle pulled alongside and several shots were fired, police said. She was airlifted to the hospital and later died.

Police have not named any potential suspects, and no arrests have been made. Officers passed out fliers in the neighborhood of the crime scene Monday asking for witnesses and information.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami Gardens police at 305-474-1641 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers anonymously at 305-471-8477. A reward of up to $3,000 is being offered for tips leading to an arrest.

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