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Officials looking for suspect in girl's drive-by shooting death

Miami's inner-city is mourning the death of another innocent high school student killed during a drive-by shooting using a high-powered rifle.

Lexsis Ray, 17, was soon to be a senior at Miami Edison Senior High School in Little Haiti.

Stray bullets killed her on Thursday night while she was walking home at Northwest 64th Street and 2nd Avenue, near Legion Park.

Her mother Anastesia Gardner visited a makeshift memorial with teddy-bears and a red heart at the crime scene on Friday night.

"She was in my room, just jumping and talking, that's it, then she came out the door," said Gardner in tears. "Two hours later she got shot ... I can't think; there are just no words."

About 11 p.m. Thursday, a gunman jumped out of an SUV and aimed for John Baker, 19, who did not know Ray, but was walking near her. Both Baker and Ray were shot.

The bullets rained for about two blocks. Some hit a car. Some hit a house. Four bullets went through Betty Carsell's door and hit her refrigerator, while she was in bed. Detectives found more than 40 bullet casings at the scene.

Rescue transported Ray and Baker to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center in extremely serious condition. Ray died at the hospital. Baker remains in critical but stable condition.

A candle light vigil will be held at 6:15 p.m., Saturday, at the makeshift memorial.

"This neighborhood suffers a lot of violence," said family friend Bishop Kieth McTier.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Miami Police Department's Homicide Unit at 305-603-6350 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477 (TIPS).

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