Aiyana Stanley Jones

*(Via Freep.com) Squatting on the stoop outside his Detroit home Sunday afternoon, the father of the 7-year-old girl killed earlier that day gazed at photos of his only daughter at her sixth birthday party.

“She had a lively, free spirit,” Charles Jones murmured.

He then bent over, burying his face in his hands as he wept.

The scene Sunday outside Aiyana Jones’ home on Lillibridge was a mixture of shock, grief and anger as family and friends gathered to try to make sense of a shooting death they said was caused by over-aggressive law enforcement.

Police said they, too, are deeply upset by the second-grader’s death and are conducting a full investigation.

The shooting – which happened during a raid to catch a murder suspect who was found and arrested at the home today – is the latest high-profile death in a city where there is a growing sense that violence is spilling out of control.

Read MORE of this Detroit Free Press story HERE.