‘She had lots of love to give’: Loved ones grieve loss of 16-year-old killed in shooting

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Loved ones of Anali Farias, 16, are speaking out Friday after the teen died after being shot in New Bedford over the weekend.

The shooting happened Saturday just before midnight on Bullard Street. Farias died Thursday, five days after the shooting.

“She talked so much about how she wanted to go to college,” said her older sister, Nia Farias.

Farias took ABC6 through her last conversation with her sister, who was living with friends at the time.

“We were speaking like any other day just chatting it up all morning.”

Nia Farias found out the next day that her sister never showed up to a friends house Sunday morning. That’s when she knew something wasn’t right.

I saw a shooting on a certain street and I’m like, that’s where her last pinned location was,” she explained. 

Police said they received several 911 calls Saturday night alerting them of shots fired. Soon after, they said a bullet-riddled vehicle pulled into St. Luke’s Hospital with a victim, Anali Faris, in the backseat.

Nia’s former teacher and now guardian, Kari MacRae, said the one person who didn’t run away after the shooting, drove Anali to the hospital.

Everybody else ran and that kid, who’s a younger kid, he at least did that,” she explained.

Her loved ones described Anali as a loving aunt to her nephew, feisty, and someone with a lot of love to give.

MacRae said she appreciates DCF for doing the best they could do keep Anali on the right track, but she fears due to lack of resources and staffing, Anali may have fallen through the cracks.

She never gave up. She was a fighter and she was dealt a very bad card.”

The shooting is being investigated by the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. The DA’s Office said one juvenile was arrested in connection to the shooting, but said he’s ‘not a suspect in Farias’ injury.’

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