'No Snitchin Rule' Slows Investigation Into Girl's Death

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    As gunmen armed with an assault rifle fired 50 rounds into a Little Rock home, police say the assailants paused only for a moment when they saw a 6-year-old girl inside bound up in her bed and cry for her mother. But witnesses who saw or know who shot Kamya Weathersby at least seven times refuse to testify in court, something police and prosecutors blame on fear of her attackers and a "no snitchin"' culture. Arkansas' capital city saw 54 homicides last year, down from a 1993 peak of 76 from mostly gang violence. But few shootings caught the city's attention like Kamya's December 29 attack. In the time since, the community established a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Kayma's death. Police say officers have received about 50 calls with tips or hope that officers will make an arrest in the case. But so far, no one wants to testify in court, stopping officers from arresting the suspects they have in mind.

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