PATERSON, N.J. (PIX11/AP) -- A 12-year-old who was gunned down while riding her scooter to a family party will be laid to rest Friday, the same day her alleged killer pleaded not guilty in the case.
Genesis Rincon was struck by gunfire July 5 on Rosa Parks Boulevard in Paterson. She was returning to a family party over the long holiday weekend. Two other children who were with Rincon were not hurt.
Investigators believe the shooter was aiming for someone else when Rincon was struck.
She was declared brain-dead the day after the shooting and was subsequently taken off life support. Her organs will be donated, her family said.
Her aunt created an online fundraiser to help with the unexpected expenses of their young loved one's death. As of Friday morning, the fundraiser was close to reaching its goal of $15,000. To donate, click here.
“Thank you from the buttom (sic) of my heart. She is our hero and will continue to be. As her aunt I will make sure her funeral will be unforgettable as she was,” a post on the page read.
Her funeral is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Community Baptist Church of Love in Paterson.
Jhymiere Moore, 19, turned himself in this week in connection with the shooting. Moore pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and weapons charges Friday morning.
His defense attorney said Moore turned himself in because he heard he was a target of the investigation.
The teen is being held on $3 million bail, but his attorney is seeking to get that reduced.
In the wake of Rincon's death, more than 1,000 family members, friends and supporters rallied to demand justice for the young girl.
Paterson Mayor Joey Torres said he is considering several anti-violence initiatives. He recently applied for a grant to fund 15 new officers in the city, which is home to about 145,000 residents.