Girl, 5, shot dead by her cousin, 3, on Thanksgiving rushed to the hospital in dad’s arms

Khalis Eberhart (pictured) was raced to Grady Memorial Hospital in South Fulton after her father, Nathaniel, rushed to paramedics with the little girl cradled in his arms after she was shot at their apartment around 7 pm

Khalis Eberhart (pictured) was raced to Grady Memorial Hospital in South Fulton after her father, Nathaniel, rushed to paramedics with the little girl cradled in his arms after she was shot at their apartment around 7 pm

A five-year-old girl was shot dead on Thanksgiving after her three-year-old cousin knocked into a loaded gun that had been left sitting on a chair, causing it to fire and shoot her in the chest.

Khalis Eberhart was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in South Fulton, Georgia, after her father, Nathaniel, rushed to paramedics with the little girl cradled in his arms after she was shot at their apartment around 7pm.

The gun belonged to the three-year-old’s father, South Fulton Police Chief Keith Meadows told 11Alive.

 The family told news outlets that the accidental Thanksgiving shooting was ‘shocking and traumatic.’

Khalis is survived by two brothers – a six-year-old and her twin – according to her grandmother, Tracy Towns. 

Earlier this year, the girl's mother passed away, leaving her father Nathaniel (pictured) to care for a six-year-old boy, Khalis and her twin brother alone

Earlier this year, the girl’s mother passed away, leaving her father Nathaniel (pictured) to care for a six-year-old boy, Khalis and her twin brother alone

Khalis Eberhart was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in South Fulton, Georgia, after her father, Nathaniel, rushed to paramedics with the little girl cradled in his arms after she was shot at their apartment around 7pm

Khalis Eberhart was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in South Fulton, Georgia, after her father, Nathaniel, rushed to paramedics with the little girl cradled in his arms after she was shot at their apartment around 7pm 

‘I know it’s going to be difficult for them because twins do share a bond that people don’t understand,’ she told WSB-TV Atlanta. ‘When you saw one, you saw the other one. They were always holding hands, hugging.’  

The South Fulton Police Department could not be reached for comment. 

‘Right now we’re in the holiday season, and our children are home from school,’ Chief Meadows told 11Alive. 

‘We understand everybody’s right to bear arms, but we would implore parents to be particularly aware of gun safety. If you don’t have a lockbox, get a gun lock. If you don’t have a gun lock, then please consider unloading the weapon.’

Towns said that Khalis was a ‘very smart girl’ who was ‘very outgoing and ‘kept a smile on her face.’

Khalis (pictured left) is survived two brothers - a six-year-old and her twin - according to her grandmother, Tracy Towns

Khalis (pictured left) is survived two brothers – a six-year-old and her twin – according to her grandmother, Tracy Towns

The accidental shooting took place at the Gardens at Camp Creek apartments in South Fulton (pictured)

The accidental shooting took place at the Gardens at Camp Creek apartments in South Fulton (pictured)

'Khalis was one of the sweetest kids we have in the family…no bulls*** (the rest of them are mean as h*** bruh!)' the girl's aunt, Brittany, wrote on Facebook yesterday

‘Khalis was one of the sweetest kids we have in the family…no bulls*** (the rest of them are mean as h*** bruh!)’ the girl’s aunt, Brittany, wrote on Facebook yesterday

Dozens turned out on Saturday for a candlelit vigil held for the little girl, and a funeral has been planned for Monday

Dozens turned out on Saturday for a candlelit vigil held for the little girl, and a funeral has been planned for Monday

Dozens turned out on Saturday for a candlelit vigil held for the little girl, and a funeral has been planned for Monday

Police told the Atlanta outlet that they were still investigating the shooting. 

‘Khalis was one of the sweetest kids we have in the family…no bulls*** (the rest of them are mean as h*** bruh!)’ the girl’s aunt, Brittany, wrote on Facebook yesterday. 

‘Ask anybody, my cousin Nathaniel… is by far on of the BEST young fathers I know! On Thanksgiving night, his only daughter gained her wings!’ 

Dozens turned out on Saturday for a candlelit vigil held for the little girl, and a funeral has been planned for Monday. 

 ‘We have to celebrate the life she has lived on this earth for five years. That’s all we can do, and that’s all the memories we have of her on this earth for five years,’ said Cynthia Bell, a family friend, at the vigil.

Donations toward her burial can be sent via Cash App to the account $Freightbrokerage or through GoFundMe.

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