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13-Year-Old Girl Killed in Overnight Shooting in Fort Worth

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The search is underway for the person who fatally shot 13-year-old Zakavia Walker in a Fort Worth shopping center parking lot Thursday night.

According to the Fort Worth Police Department, officers were called to a shooting at Alta Mesa McCart Center, a shopping center at the intersection of Alta Mesa Boulevard and McCart Avenue.

Police said a person approached Walker and fired a shot that fatally struck her. The person is then said to have run away.

"We don't now what the motive was for the attack," Fort Worth Police Officer Daniel Segura said. "But it is important to detectives to follow every single lead they have."

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Walker, was transported to a local hospital where shortly before 10 p.m. she was pronounced dead.

Police have not said if Walker was alone in the parking lot at the time of the shooting or if there are any witnesses. They have also not revealed any other details about what may have taken place before the shooting took place.

Walker was a student at Wegdwood Middle School. 

"It's scary the fact that we didn't know anything about it until now you know," Aunt of two students Cindy Reyes said. "Why doesn't the school inform you about it."

People picking up students just learning of her murder are shocked it's someone from their school.

"Especially from this school," Reyes said. "From my nephews school you know. You never know what's going to happen to you. So yeah it's really concerning."

The school district is putting together a counseling team that will be available for both students and adults.

Fort Worth Police said the investigation appears to show this could be gang related. But, they did not say why Walker was shot.

"This is what I consider a very isolated incident and that's why we have officers and investigators working around the clock to get to the bottom of this case," Segura said.

Police said the shooting is still under investigation.

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