Chrisyah Stephens

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After deliberating for more than seven hours Thursday, a jury found 19-year-old Jaheim Campbell not guilty of murder in the death of a 7-year-old girl who was killed in a South Bend drive-by shooting last August.


Chrisyah Stephens was attending a birthday party at High and Donald streets near Riley High School. Prosecutors said Campell opened fire on the gathering, aiming for another man, and hit Stephens instead.

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An arrest has been made in the killing of 7-year-old Chrisyah Stephens of South Bend.  St. Joseph Co. Prosecutor, Ken Cotter, announced that 18-year-old Jaheim Lamar Campbell was picked up by South Bend Police Thursday night. He was charged Friday and is being held without bond. 

Stephens was killed as she attended a birthday party in August. According to charging documents, Campbell's intended target was an individual named Sebastian Hines.  Documents indicate that when he learned he shot a child, Campbell replied, "I told everyone this is not a joke and I'm not satisfied yet." 

Cotter said Campbell acknowledged the shooting on Facebook. Cotter also credited the hundreds of tips that came in in the case and the huge number of hours put in by investigators for making the arrest possible.

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The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's office confirms that the Metro Homicide Unit now has identified a person of interest in the Chrisyah Stephens case. She was the 7-year-old girl who was killed in a drive-by shooting last month in South Bend as she attended another child's birthday party. 

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It’s just a coincidence, right?

One man’s good fortune and another man’s misfortune play out within minutes of one another in the same town, less than two miles apart, a 40 minute walk.

And it’s just a sad coincidence, no dots to connect here, right?