Dozens of balloons decorated the night sky in memory of a 7-year-old who died after a stray bullet hit her inside her foster home.

Reward doubles in case of 7-year-old killed by stray bullet

Investigators have doubled the monetary reward for information in the case of the 7-year-old DeKalb County girl hit and killed by a stray bullet.

Mariasia Thomas died one week ago, 10 days after she was struck in a drive-by shooting while sitting on the couch in her foster home.

DeKalb County police are now offering $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person who shot and killed Thomas, according to a Facebook post from Crime Stoppers Atlanta.

Police say Mariasia Thomas was sitting on the couch when she was shot after a gunman opened fire at her DeKalb County foster home.

The shooting happened April 12 on Satellite Boulevard in Ellenwood about 11 p.m.  Three bullets hit the home’s front door, and four bullets went through two windows, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. Crime Stoppers wrote Saturday that investigators have “no suspects or leads” into who shot Thomas.

At a vigil last Tuesday, family members and neighbors released balloons and lit candles in Thomas’ memory, while the girl’s father begged for the shooter to come forward.

Mariasia Thomas died last Monday. (Photo: Channel 2 Action News)

“The person that did this to my little daughter, just please show your face,” Mario Thomas told Channel 2 Action News. “That's all I'm asking for. Just show your face."

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact police at 770-724-7850. Tips can also be submitted anonymously — and remain eligible for the cash reward — through the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or online at 

Thomas’ aunt, Kiya Caldwell, set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the family. 

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