Laylah Petersen’s family honors police officers

Tuesday it will be two months since 5-year-old Laylah Petersen was killed when bullets sprayed her home.

Her family members are frustrated that the shooting remains unsolved, but Monday night they honored the police officers working her case.

“I want to thank all of you guys. You do your jobs with integrity,” Laylah’s mother, Ashley Fogel, said.

Fogel presented an appreciation plaque to the Milwaukee police officers who tried to save her daughter.

Laylah was killed in front of her grandparents and her sister.

Although no arrests have been made, the family said it knows how hard investigators are working to solve the case.

“They deserve this. They were so helpful. They’ve been helpful. They check on us. They just lend that hand,” Fogel said.

Fogel said her family wanted to recognize the officers from District 7 to show their gratitude and trust justice will be served.

The officers’ whose names are on the plaque were humbled.

“I’m truly honored that my name is on this plaque, and I know the officers who are on this plaque are honored as well,” Milwaukee police Capt. Jutiki Jackson said.

Chief Ed Flynn said although no one has been identified yet, they’ve determined one of the firearms used in her death has been used in other shootings.

Flynn said Laylah’s smile is a constant reminder that the gun violence in the city is out of control.

“That picture just says so much about who she was and what work we have to do ahead of us, and she’s going to grace our walls for a very long time,” Flynn said.

There are extra spaces on the plaque for officers who work Laylah’s case to be added in the future.

There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Police are asking anyone who may know something to call them at 414-935-7360.