Family’s Thanksgiving bittersweet as it grieves loss of 10-year-old killed in drive-by shooting

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Thanksgiving for Machole Stewart’s family was filled with many mixed emotions, because they were missing a special little loved one. Machole is the 10-year-old girl shot and killed last month in KCK.

"She was a great kid, precious child," grandmother Krystal Stewart said.

The sparkle that warmed her heart, made her laugh and always greeted her with a big kiss was Machole.

"Every day, Machole was a fun, loving child," Krystal said.

Relatives say on October 26 Machole was at home in KCK, playing games and watching TV when someone drove by and shot at her family's house. She was shot in the head and died instantly.

"It seems just like yesterday," Krystal said.

Machole’s classmates made sympathy cards for the family, one child wrote this touching sentiment.

"It was hard without you. It's so unfair that a kid so young had to go so fast,” Krystal read.

It's been four weeks, and while police say they've recovered a burned vehicle used in the drive-by shooting and more than 50 tips have come in with a $7,000 reward being offered, no arrests have been made.

"An innocent child who had nothing to do with nothing, my heart is empty," Krystal said. "I'm still grieving right now because my granddaughter is gone. I can never see her again."

This Thanksgiving, members of Pleasant Green Baptist Church provided the Stewart family with meals for the holiday. Rabbi Mark Levine and his sons delivered the food to the family.

"It's just got to stop. It's just horrifying," Rabbi Levine said. "There've been many prayers offered for this family."

A family that says their Machole, their shining star, should've been home this Thanksgiving.

"It's just unfair. I cry every night. This is my grandbaby and I can never forget about her. She's supposed to be here!" Krystal said.

Detectives are staying in touch with the Stewart family. Anyone with information about Machole’s murder should call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474- TIPS.