Family remembers slain teen on her birthday


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  The family of a teenage girl killed by a stray bullet is still searching for justice.

Thursday would have been Mackenna Kronenberger's 16th birthday; The family held a vigil in her memory at Carroll High School, the school Mackenna attended.

Her father, Robert Kronenberger says they're still trying to come to grips with her death.

"I don't know if we even have come to terms with it. It's devastating," he said. "It's hard to look at her pictures. It's hard to even acknowledge that it even happened." 

Mackenna was sitting inside her home when she was struck by a stray bullet that was fired outside.

It happened on the Fourth of July.

Thursday, at a tree planted in her memory at the high school, the family decorated the tree with streamers, balloons, flags, and a sign declaring: "Happy Birthday".

"This wasn't something that she brought to herself. This was brought to her," Kronenberger said. "And if there's anybody in the world who didn't deserve it, it was her."

A nineteen-year-old was sentenced to jail in connection with Mackenna's death. He was fighting with two other men, outside her home, when shots were fired.

"The three men that were there that night, one of them was the one who pulled the trigger and two of them know who had done that," Kronenberger said.

"There's no way that of the three of them there, no one saw anything or knew anything about what happened that night."

Dayton Police said in a statement: Mackenna's homicide case remains open and detectives continue to work.

Police sergeant Michael Godsey said Mackenna is "the definition of an 'innocent victim', taken from her family in a senseless act of violence."

Godsey is asking for anyone with information to contact Detective Cope at 937-333-1157.

If you wish to remain anonymous, call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-STOP.

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