SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – Sacramento police announced Tuesday the arrest of a man in connection to a quadruple shooting that happened at the beginning of October.
Sacramento police arrested 21-year-old Laisse Hands on murder charges for the shooting at Mama Marks Park on Oct. 3 that killed 9-year-old Makaylah “Kay-Kay” Brent and injured three others.
“I’m happy that they caught and made an arrest,” said Amber “Amy” Brent, Makaylah Brent’s grandmother.
Although it doesn’t bring her granddaughter back, Amber Brent told FOX40 that she’s thankful to those who worked so hard to make the arrest.
“That means a lot to our family to at least put some type of face with an incident,” she told FOX40. “I’m still saddened by the situation. I’m sure as his family, finding out the news as well.”
“Not only is Kay-Kay’s life now gone and the Brent family will forever be altered but also this young man’s, you know, his life,” said Sacramento City Councilman Allen Warren.
Warren said with the family’s blessing, the city will name the wading pool at Mama Marks Park after Makaylah Brent.
“That would be something beautiful to have her name live on in this park,” her grandmother said.
Makaylah Brent’s 7-year-old brother, Bradley, gave a thumbs up to the idea.
“That will happen pretty soon but we’re moving forward with the changes that we talked about to Mama Marks Park, as wells as a couple of other parks in the district as well,” Warren said.
Amber Brent said her granddaughter enjoyed many hours at the wading pool and that’s where she learned how to swim. So, she said naming the pool area in honor of the 9-year-old will be a lasting gesture.
“We have to remember that these parks are for the kids and they’re not shooting zones. And at the end of the day, that’s exactly what we need to remember as a community,” Amber Brent explained.
Warren said permanent cameras will be installed at Mama Marks Park within the next 30 days.