MADISON (WKOW) — Through tears, the family of an 11-year-old girl shot in the head announced she would be taken off of life support at a Madison hospital.
The girl, Anisa Scott, will be disconnected from life support at American Family Children’s Hospital tomorrow, Thursday, at 11:11 a.m.
One after the other, friends and family, including her mother and father, took the podium outside of the hospital to express their grief during a news conference Wednesday.
“I will always cherish the 11 years I did get to spend with her. Anisa will always be right here,” her mother, Ashley Rios, said while pressing a hand to her chest.
“We need to end this gun violence, the gang violence,” Scott’s grandmother said.
She will be removed from life support at 11:11 a.m. because she was shot on the 11th, and is 11 years old, her grandmother said.
The Tuesday morning shooting on East Washington Avenue that hospitalized Scott was one of many Madison has seen over the summer months.
Madison police have identified the recent surge in gun violence the largest since the department began tracking such statistics in 2016.
“This can’t be okay, this can’t be something we as a city or community accept,” Acting Police Chief Vic Wahl said at a Tuesday afternoon media briefing on the shooting.
Friends clutching handmade signs plastered with pictures of Scott stepped to the microphones to declare what a supportive friend she had been.
“This should have never, ever have happened to an 11-year-old, beautiful girl like Anisa,” said Michael Johnson, President and CEO of the Dane County Boys and Girls Club. Johnson’s organization helped set up the Wednesday press conference.
“My grandbaby will take her wings,” said Scott’s other grandmother as Johnson and a family member gripped her shoulders with heads hung and eyes closed. “We ask you for continued love and support and prayers.”