Noni Brooks is now home with her family - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Wounded mom is recovering at home and dealing with daughter's death

Geoffrey Gurkovich in court Geoffrey Gurkovich in court
Jermani and Noni Brooks (Source: Family) Jermani and Noni Brooks (Source: Family)
Balloon launch at Robinson G. Jones Elementary School, Cleveland Balloon launch at Robinson G. Jones Elementary School, Cleveland
Balloon launch at Robinson G. Jones Elementary School, Cleveland Balloon launch at Robinson G. Jones Elementary School, Cleveland

The mother, of five-year-old Jermani Brooks, is now recovering at home on the day that would've been her daughter's sixth birthday. 

Noni Brooks and her daughter were both shot on Sunday, January 19, when police say a gunman pumped bullets into the family's van on Crossburn Avenue.

Little Jermani died as a result of her injuries.

Noni's two other children, an infant and 8-year-old, were also inside the vehicle but were not harmed.  

Noni was hospitalized to be treated for her injuries and released on Thursday, January 23.

In an exclusive interview with 19 Action News, Noni's aunt, Ruby Kibler, told Scott Taylor that Noni has pins in her face and can't see in one eye. 

Kibler says her niece is coherent, "I asked her to give me a kiss. She said, 'Ok, Auntie Ruby.'"

Family and friends held a vigil at the family's home and also a service at St. Paul AME Zion Church in Jermani's honor.

Two balloon releases were also held in her memory, one at her school, Robinson G. Jones Elementary and the other at her home on Bellaire. 

The balloons were pink, Jermani's favorite color.

Family members say that Noni and Jermani were victims of a dispute they had nothing to do with.

Noni's boyfriend, whom police believe may have been the intended target, was inside the Crossburn Avenue home.

On January 23, 32-year-old Geoffrey Gurkovich stood before the court and entered a plea of not guilty.  His bond was set at $5 million.

Gurkovich's girlfriend allegedly got into an altercation with Noni's boyfriend earlier that night. Investigators believe Gurkovich went to the Crossburn Avenue home looking for him.

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