OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - A jury recommended the death penalty Thursday for Darnell Williams in the murder of an 8-year-old Oakland girl.
Alaysha Carradine was shot at a friend's house during a sleepover. Her final words in an ambulance were, "I'm dying. I'm dying."
The girl was at a sleepover at a friend's home on Wilson Avenue in Oakland's Dimond district in July 2013, when prosecutors say Darnell Williams opened fire through the front door. The gunfire killed the little girl and injured two other children and a grandmother.
Prosecutors say Williams had been targeting the father of Alaysha's friend, in retaliation for a gang killing hours earlier in Berkeley.
An officer's body camera captured Alaysha's last moments of life after she was shot.
The footage was played for the jury in March. You can hear Alaysha moaning and asking for her mommy as Mitchell carries her to an ambulance, yelling at people, "Get out of my way!" The officer, a former emergency medical technician, testified that he knew that she was dying in his arms.
Paramedic Julie Silva testified that as the ambulance pulled up to Children's Hospital Oakland, Alaysha let out a haunting scream, saying, "I'm dead."
Silva said she tried to reassure the little girl, kissing her on the forehead and telling her that she'd be seeing a doctor.
But that's when Alaysha cried out, "Well, that means I'm dying. I'm dying!" Silva said the girl didn't say anything after that. The paramedic said she was there at the hospital when doctors pronounced her dead.