‘Please don’t shoot my mom!’: Girl pleads with armed men during home invasion

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 4-year-old and her mother say they were held at gunpoint while visiting family in North Memphis.

It happened about 7 p.m. on Sept. 20 at the girl's grandfather's house, according to WREG.

Two masked men with guns stormed into the home as the family was gathered in a bedroom looking through photo albums.

"He held the gun to my head, cocked me to the side on this side right here, told me he was gonna shoot me," mom Melba Orange said.

Orange said she wasn't the only one the men held at gunpoint. She said they pointed guns at her sister, her father and even her daughter Zalah.

"She was yelling, 'Please don't shoot my mom! Please don't shoot us!" Orange recalled.

The men wanted the $12,000 in cash Orange's father had from selling his home in order to pay for his wife's funeral.

"They knew exactly what bags to look for. They knew exactly how much money to get," Orange said.

She thinks that might have something to do with the two family acquaintances that were with them that night, but who left with the gunmen.

"How heartless can you be? They knew what that money was for," Orange said.

As for her daughter, Orange said she only hopes she isn't traumatized by the experience but it's already taking its toll on her.

"I don't know what to do, what to feel. I'm just going second by second," she said.

Orange has created an online fundraiser to pay for her mother's funeral.

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