2nd person charged in deadly drive-by of 6-year-old girl shot while sleeping in South Collinwood home

2nd person charged in deadly drive-by of 6-year-old girl shot while sleeping in South Collinwood home
Raysean Howard (Source: Cuyahoga County Sheriff)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A University Heights woman is now charged in the October 2019 shooting death of a six-year-old girl.

Cleveland police said Angel Cannon, 22, drove a car with at least two armed passengers to a home in the 1300 block of E. 171st Street on Oct. 5, 2019.

According to police, when they arrived at the home, Raysean Howard fired nearly 30 bullets into the South Collinwood residence.

Lyric-Melodi Lawson was shot while sleeping in her bed.

Police said Lawson was shot in the head and another family member was grazed by a bullet.

“If I knew our safety was at risk, I wouldn’t have been in that house, our kids wouldn’t been there,” said Deirdre Selmon, Lawson’s aunt.

Selmon added because of the shooting, the family has relocated.

Lyric Melodi Lawson was murdered in October 2019.

Lawson was a first grader at Hannah Gibbons STEM School in Cleveland.

“This tragedy is a sobering reminder of the value of our work every day, as we guide our scholars toward safe and positive choices and toward the life and prosperous future every one of them deserves,” said Principal Greg Adkins.

Cannon is charged with aggravated murder and police signed a warrant for her arrest Tuesday.

Howard was arrested several weeks after the murder at his father’s house in Hermitage, TN.

He has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to stand trial on April 28.

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