Family and friends this morning mourned the loss of a 5-year-old Shady Cove girl who was killed June 27 after an assault rifle was fired into a second-floor apartment where she was visiting relatives.
Around two dozen people gathered for Alysa Bobbitt's memorial service at Memory Gardens Chapel in Medford.
"She was a vivacious and friendly little girl," her great-aunt Kristi Carson said.
Alysa was killed by a bullet fired from an assault rifle in the lower level of an apartment building in the 1000 block of Northwest C Street in Grants Pass. The bullet traveled into the upper level apartment where Alysa and her mother, Dani, were visiting family friends. A 44-year-old woman, who was not a family member, was also struck by a bullet and survived.
Police identified the shooter as Jon Andrew Meyer Jr., a 30-year-old transient. He was indicted Monday on charges of second-degree manslaughter, third-degree assault, unlawful possession of firearms and possession of methamphetamine, said Ryan Mulkins of the Josephine County District Attorney's Office. Meyer is scheduled to enter a plea on July 29, according to court records. He did not return a phone call today seeking comment.
Alysa, who would have been 6 years old this month, had just graduated kindergarten at Shady Cove School and was going to start first grade in September.
Carson and another great-aunt, Angela Banks, said Alysa was the girly-girl of the extended family.
"Alysa loved to play, to dance, to listen to music, to color and to play dress-up," Carson said. "Anything girly-girl was what she was all about."
Banks said Alysa was a very friendly and open 5-year-old.
"Her mom would tell me that Alysa would say hi to everyone she saw at the grocery store," Banks said. "If someone didn't say hi back, Alysa would say, 'Momma, they're mean.'"
Alysa's mother is dealing with the loss day by day, Banks said.
"She is better than she was three days ago," Banks said. "This is going to be a lifelong struggle for her, though. It's just absolutely devastating."
— Amanda Barker