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Family of slain teen responds to arrest of suspect in her death
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- Tonight, some closure for the family who lost a teenage girl in a deadly shooting more than a month ago.
This morning, US Marshals arrested Zachary Brooks at a home off Gulf Beach Highway in Escambia County.
He is accused of killing 14 year-old Kenteyonna Anderson during a drive-by shooting on September 19th.
There's no possible way to comfort a family that's lost a child.
I spoke with Kenteyonna Anderson's grandmother and a couple of her cousins.
They're relieved on some level that Zachary Brooks is behind bars and they're hoping justice will be done.
Mary Ann Grice, Grandmother of Victim: "It hurts. It hurts a lot. Because I miss my grandbaby."
Mary Ann Grice broke down in tears as she talked about her granddaughter.
"I want her here and I know she can't be here. God took her for a reason, a reason we don't know!"
Grice says the arrest of Zachary Brooks has brought some closure.
Mary Ann Grice, Grandmother of Victim: "Now, my granddaughter can rest in peace. My family can. If I was close to him right now, I would ask him, how can you sleep at night knowing you killed an innocent child?"
Anderson was killed outside a friend's apartment on Maxwell Street.
A large teddy bear with a heart that says "I love you", flowers and a candle still mark the area.
Tevin Black, Cousin of Victim: "I miss her dearly. It's hard."
Kenteyonna's cousins, Tevin and Michael say they're going to miss Kenteyonna's smile and her big heart.
Tevin Black, Cousin of Victim: "She wanted to be a lawyer. It's just...I used to be happy for her, proud of her knowin' she could be somethin'."
Mary Ann Grice, Grandmother of Victim: "It's real hard. We all got together Saturday for my grandson's birthday. She wasn't here, and all the family came over. They just couldn't stay here. They had to leave because they know she's supposed to be here, laughin', playin' around, doin' some kind of rap...But she's not here."
Members of Kenteyonna's family say they anticipate the holidays being really tough this year. But some of them are starting to seek out counseling and they say talking about what happened helps.