AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) - It’s been one year since the death of Arbrie Leigh Anthony. The 8-year-old was killed in a drive-by shooting just outside her Augusta home. Sunday, her family released balloons by her graveside vowing to keep her memory alive.

"She was just a bright light to anybody. Anybody that would have met her, If she would have met you today, oh you would know who Arbrie Leigh Anthony is." said Jamila McDaniel, Arbrie's Aunt.

A bright light and dancing queen - that’s how the Anthony family remembers 8-year-old Arbrie.

“That’s an 8-year-old who had a whole life ahead of her. It’s like, things I see other kids doing, I may not get that chance again.” said Arthur Anthony, Arbrie's Father.

Sunday marks one year since Arbrie was killed in a drive by shooting in Augusta. She was outside her home petting a pony when gunfire began.

"We was just out here doing the same thing we do every day. We don't bother anybody over here. This is what we do. It's kind of hard." said Arthur.

"She was my baby, we did everything together, I took her to get her ears pierced, we taught her how to walk. That was my baby. I love that little girl. That's my heart right there." said McDaniel.

As her family moves forward with grief, they honor her life by giving back. Since then, they’ve created a scholarship in her name and held a bookbag drive. As they give, Her father Arthur Anthony feels grateful for the love others give in return.

“The checking up on me everyday, calls, texts, emails…Even people that’s not from the community reaching out just, hey we’re still praying for you, keep your head up.” said Arthur. 

Now, they continue to ask the community to speak up so this doesn’t happen to anyone else.

"I mean, in Arbrie's case, if you know cameras, and people speaking up probably wouldn't be able to, you know, done what they've done so far...It's important for people to say something. They’re going to keep doing it if we don’t talk.” said Arthur.

The District Attorney's office issued a 25 count indictment for several alleged members of the "Loyalty over Everything" or "LOE" gang. It lists Kendariss Brown, Antoine Redfield, Henri Beach, Destiny Rich and Antionous Thomas. The indictment links these alleged gang members to two murders, including that of eight-year-old Arbrie Anthony back in January 2022.

Her death also sparked 'Operation Grace.' It was a combined effort between the FBI Safe Street Task Force and the Richmond County Sheriff's Office which focused a three month initiative to target violent offenders. The effort resulted in 119 felony arrests, 176 seized guns and more than $200,000 taken off the streets.

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