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Grieving family spends 1st Thanksgiving without girl killed in drive-by

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While tips have been received, the investigation continues and more information is needed to identify those responsible for the death of Machole J. Stewart. While tips have been received, the investigation continues and more information is needed to identify those responsible for the death of Machole J. Stewart.
Machole's classmates wrote her letters. Machole's classmates wrote her letters.
Machole's 4th grade classmates sent her letters that fill the family's dining room table. Machole's 4th grade classmates sent her letters that fill the family's dining room table.
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Thursday a grieving family spends their first Thanksgiving without a 10-year-old who was killed during a drive-by shooting in Kansas City, KS.

Machole J. Stewart's homicide remains unsolved one month and one day after she was shot and killed near 15th Street and New Jersey Avenue.

On Oct. 26 someone fired shots from a car in an apparent bid to shoot her older brother. The gunman sprayed 20 bullets from a vehicle into her grandmother's home. Other houses and vehicles were also hit by the gunfire.

Her family was gathering to watch the Kansas City Royals take on the San Francisco Giants in Game 5 of the World Series.

Machole, who was known as Coco, bolted rather than jumping to the floor as other family members did. She died from a stray bullet as she ran for a back room.

“You took away a 10-year-old child. How could you be so heartless?” Machole's Grandmother, Krystal Stewart, said. “It's been hard, hard without her. Every day I cry because I can't talk to her any more. I can't see her.”

Many of Machole's 4th grade classmates are celebrating this holiday with their families. Those classmates sent letters that fill Machole's family's dining room table.

On Thanksgiving her grandmother read some of the letters written by the young girl's friends who are trying to understand why she is gone.

“It's hard without you,” one classmate wrote on a hand decorated letter. “It's so unfair that a kid so young had to go so fast.”

Whoever shot Machole has not been caught. Because Machole's father can't speak to his daughter anymore, he also wrote her a letter.

“I love you with all my heart. I cherish every moment we shared together. I promise you will never be forgotten and that you will always remain in my heart until the day we meet again. Love always, your Dad,” he wrote.

Family members say police found two cars that may have been used in the drive-by shooting.

One of those cars was burned.

Machole's family members believe many teenagers may have been involved in the shooting and their parents are aware of what happened, but have not come forward.

Machole's family says they will not give up until they get justice. They will continue to hold marches and ask for tips. A generous, anonymous donor has come forward with an additional $5,000 contribution for information leading to an arrest. The current reward is up to $7,000.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers Greater Kansas City TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted electronically at www.KCcrimestoppers.com.

All information is anonymous.

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