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BPD: 17-year-old girl has died after shooting in Buffalo

Posted at 11:09 PM, Aug 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-17 17:16:29-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — 17-year-old Najae Lanier's family described her as the most loving, caring and sweet 17-year-old. They said she was the kind of teenager you'd want to babysit your kids. Buffalo police say a Lanier died after a shooting in Buffalo Monday.

According to police, the shooting occurred in Buffalo's Black Rock neighborhood around 8:30 p.m. Lanier was taken to Erie County Medical Center with serious injuries and later died.

Lanier's family said a fight had broken out at the corner of Page Street and Lawn Avenue. They said Lanier was walking home from the store back to her 3-year-old cousin's birthday party when she was shot.

BPD detectives believe the suspect is known to people who attended the party. Anyone with information is asked to call or text police at (716) 847-2255.

This is the 50th homicide this year in the Queen City, compared to 38 at this time last year.