Three people have been arrested in the death of an 11-year-old girl who was killed in a drive-by shooting while walking home from a nearby store, Syracuse, New York, police said.

Brexialee Torres-Ortiz had left her home on January 16 to buy a carton of milk for her family. She was returning to her home when the suspects allegedly opened fire from a car, targeting a 19-year-old boy.

“A little girl walked out of her apartment, left her loving mother and grandmother because she wanted to be a good girl and not have them go out in the cold and grab a carton of milk,” Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said. at a press conference. on Thursday announcing the arrests of Ra’sean Patterson, 18, and Dahviere Griswold, 20.

Brexialee Torres-Ortiz.Syracuse Police Department

«She should have gone back to her mother and grandmother with that carton of milk, but tragically her life was taken,» Fitzpatrick said.

Patterson and Griswold were arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, Syracuse Police Chief Joseph Cecile said at the news conference. from Thursday.

The third suspect, an unidentified 16-year-old boy, was arrested in Lincolndale, New York, with the help of state police, Syracuse authorities. tweeted Friday morning. He faces the same charges as Patterson and Griswold.

Fitzpatrick said the 16-year-old was a «resident of a juvenile facility» and was on leave the day Brexialee was killed.

The suspects were in a vehicle when they allegedly opened fire on Jan. 16 at around 7:42 p.m. Fitzpatrick said the suspected target was a 19-year-old man who was shot in the leg. He is expected to survive.

Cecile called Brexialee «an extraordinary young woman».

«The stories we started hearing about her taking care of her classmates. If they didn’t have something that day, a notebook, a pencil, she would go to the teacher and be their advocate so they could succeed in school the way she did. was succeeding,» he told reporters.

It is not clear if the suspects have obtained lawyers who can speak on their behalf.