Two Children Killed in Drive-By Shooting Identified

The two children who were killed in a drive-by in the 4700 block of Cheryl Drive late Sunday night have been identified as six-year old Nevaeh Oliva and two-year old Lilliana Valent.

The two girls were cousins.

Police are still looking for a suspect, who was described as a male wearing a black hoodie and black shorts and driving a two-door vehicle.

It was just after 11 p.m. Sunday when shots were fired from a vehicle on Cheryl Drive, near Mansheim Boulevard, killing the two children.

Judging by appearances at the scene, the suspect shot at the home more than 20 times, and the front room belonged to the child. Police are still trying to figure out whether it this was a drive-by shooting or if someone actually got out of the vehicle and opened fire. Neighbors said they believe a rifle was used in the shooting.

Investigators were on the scene until early Monday morning, including Corpus Christi Police Chief Floyd Simpson. They were looking for any kind of evidence left behind in the yard.

The children were rushed to the hospital, where were pronounced dead. Two-year old Lilliana died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head. Six-year old Nevaeh died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Lilliana was at Nevaeh's house celebrating a small birthday party that night.

Nevaeh was a first grader at Berlanga Elementary School.

Neighbors in the area were pretty shaken up by the incident. One man brought a small memorial wreath for the girls and said a prayer. He said even though he did not know the family, he was heartbroken when he heard what happened.

"I don't know them," the neighbor said. "All I know was that their were two children, you know, and children are the pride their God's joy."

The Corpus Christi Police Department's Gang Unit responded to assist with the investigation as a resource, although there is no evidence as to whether or not it is related to gang activity. No suspects have been arrested, but police are looking for a suspect who was described as a male wearing a black hoodie and black shorts. He was seen driving a two-door vehicle.

If you have any information regarding this crime, please call Corpus Christi detectives at 361-886-2841.

Two relatives of the family visited with 3News Monday to talk about helping the parents with funeral expenses. The aunt of the two-year old girl and another relative are trying to create a memorial fund in the name of Lilliana Boo Valent.

Lilliana's aunt, Lynette Valent, said the young couple was just starting out and Lilliana's mother is eight-months pregnant with another child.

"We just want closure for Lilliana," Lynette said. "If anybody has any information about what's going on, please contact the police."

"You can go to any Wells Fargo branch and just tell them that you want to donate to Lilliana "Boo" Valent's memorial fund, and they'll help set them up to do that," relative Erica Brambila said.

The account number for that memorial fund is 1916860305.

Erica said they are also looking for a location to hold a barbecue fundraiser. If you would like to help, you can reach her at 361-774-4470.

The family is making funeral arrangements for Lilliana at Corpus Christi Funeral Home on Baldwin.


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