Friends and family say 5-year-old Topeka girl’s memory will live on


TOPEKA, Kansas (KSNT) – Five-year-old Lily Coats-Nichols remains in the hospital on life support Wednesday, as family members deal with a painful decision.

Her father, Bruce Nichols, tells KSNT News that the doctors say damage from the bullet has likely left her brain-dead. It’s news that friends and loved ones are still trying to understand.

“The little kid that could. I mean, she was littler than all my kids and she could do everything just as good and she’s just, She’s a real good kid,” said Brian McCracken, who lives across the street from Lily’s mother.

“Very fun to be with. You know she’s high spirit, independent,” said Leroy David McGee Jr., the next door neighbor.

Lily’s 5-year-old friends still don’t fully understand what’s happened.

“She’s just sleeping,” said 5-year-old Yamilet Marin.

Just a few days ago, they were riding bikes, rolling down hills and petting kittens together.

Now friends, family and neighbors are trying to cope with the news that the sweet little girl next door is unlikely to come home. Continue reading


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