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Who is Khalis Eberhart: 5-year-old South Fulton girl shot dead on Thanksgiving

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Khalis Eberhart

 Police in the City of South Fulton are investigating after a 5-year-old girl Khalis Eberhart was shot and killed on Thanksgiving.

Khalis Eberhart’s family told Channel 2′s Ashli Lincoln that the fatal shooting was an accident after a child hit a gun that was sitting on a chair, causing it to go off.

Police say they were called to The Garden of Camp Creek Apartments on Washington Road Thursday night. WSBTV reported.

Neighbors in the complex told Lincoln that Khalis’ father ran with her in his arms to paramedics. She was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she later died.

“Khalis was a very smart girl, she was very outgoing,” said Khalis’ grandmother, Tracy Towne.

The family says the loss of Khalis was shocking and traumatic.

“Khalis, she kept a smile on her face, happy little child,” Towne said.

Police say Khalis was shot in the chest after another child in the home picked up the gun.

The family says Khalis was a twin and it’s going to take a village to help her siblings get through their grief.

“I know it’s going to be difficult for them because twins do share a bond that people don’t understand,” Towne said.

Police say they are still investigating the shooting.