Family celebrates Kansas City 10-year-old’s memory with party on her favorite holiday, Halloween

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The family of another child killed by gun violence just happened to be in the neighborhood where Jermone Green lived and saw his body taken out of the home Thursday. Machole Stewart’s family says each time a child is killed, their wound is opened again.

“I can't hold her, I can't touch her, I can't kiss her anymore,” said Krystal Depriest.

There isn’t a day that goes by that Depriest doesn’t think about her granddaughter. Wednesday marked two years since 10-year-old Machole was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting. She was at home with her family, watching the World Series, when bullets began to fly through the walls. The whole family hit the ground, but it was too late for Machole.

“It hurts me so bad, it hurts me so bad because, I know who killed her,” Depriest said.

She says detectives tell her they don’t have enough evidence to make an arrest. It’s a day-by-day battle for Machole’s family, with no closure and no justice for their little girl.

“It really really hurts me.”

Depriest just happened to be in the area of 19th and Topping Thursday morning, when another child was shot and killed.

“Sitting there, watching them bring that body outside, opened up my wound, that was trying to heal... it opened it back up.”

The only way Krystal is able to find joy, is by doing things Machole loved. Friday, the family threw Machole a Halloween Party. It was the 10 year old’s favorite holiday.

“She was the life of the party.”

Although she isn’t here physically…

“Her spirit is definitely here,” Depriest said.

A table was left empty, each child who has been killed in the metro had a spot next to Machole.

“I know she's looking down... I know she’s looking down.”

Machole’s case remain open. If you know anything about her homicide, call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.