SHARON HILL, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — The past year has been one 40-year-old Tenneh Kromah never thought she would ever have to go through, a year without her youngest daughter.
“Very difficult,” she said while sitting on the sofa at the family home.
Kromah held back tears as she shared memories of her 8-year-old daughter Fanta Bility, who was killed by police gunfire on August 27, 2021.
The family was attending a football game when police heard gunfire in the crowd. Fanta was fatally hit.
“I miss my baby,” Kromah said. “Me and Fanta were so close. The other kids were always like, ‘You love Fanta too much.’ I would say yes.”
Fanta’s family says it was easy for everyone to love the little girl, who was so generous that she often gave her clothes to other children.
“Fanta was kind enough,” Kromah said.
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The little girl, whose favorite colors were purple and pink, was also a fashionista.
“She wanted to do fashion. She always said that,” Kromah said, adding that growing up, Fanta wanted to be a model.
As the youngest girl of six children, Fanta also got along with her siblings and impressed her little brother Abu Bility with her artistic skills.
“She could draw,” said 8-year-old Abu of his big sister.
Like many kids her age, Fanta has also been on TikTok, capturing videos of herself dancing on the popular social media app.
“They knew the code,” her uncle Abu Bility said with a laugh at Fanta and Abu’s ability to get into a tablet or phone to record videos. In one video, Fanta takes the camera to capture her adventures in the snow.
“We’re twins,” she said, while smiling for the camera and wrapping her arm around her little brother, who was wearing a black jacket that matched her.
The videos Fanta recorded with a cell phone are too painful for her mother to watch now.
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“Every time she sees Fanta’s photo … it refreshes her memory that it just happened,” Abu Bility said of Kromah’s overwhelming grief. There are no photos of Fanta in the family living quarters.
Seeing the little girl’s picture takes her mother back to the day she lost Fanta.
That day Fanta had slept on the couch and wanted to stay at home. The family wanted to support Fanta’s sister, who was a cheerleader at the game, so they all went to Academy Park High School together. After the game, the family walked to their car just as three officers heard shots being fired into the crowd.
“We hear the shots. Everyone ran back,” Kromah said. “I said where is Fanta? Where is Fanta?”
Kromah described a chaotic scene as she realized Fanta had fallen among the crowd.
“People ran and fell… I said, ‘Fanta, get up! Stand up! We must go. Then I see the blood coming from Fanta.
An investigation found the fatal shots were fired by officers from the Sharon Hill Police Department.
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“I screamed,” Kromah said. “I say, ‘Help everyone!
When they got to the hospital, Kromah was too upset to even remember Fanta’s birthday. Her little brother Abu gave all the information about her to the hospital. Fanta was pronounced dead at the hospital. Her family never had the opportunity to say their final goodbyes.
On the night of her death, her family’s fight for justice began.
“Everyone wants the right thing to be done. Especially from the Sharon Hill Police Department,” said Fanta’s uncle Abu Bility.
The three officers accused of shooting into the crowd have all been fired and charged in Fanta’s death. Criminal and civil proceedings are ongoing.
Danger is the reason the family fled their homeland of Liberia.
“It was a civil war,” said the elder Abu Bility.
Violence is not what they expected in their new home. This is the second tragedy for the family as Abu Bility’s brother was also killed by a man who robbed and shot him on the streets of Philadelphia.
“We need peace. We thought America was the land of peace,” said Abraham Kromah, a family cousin who is visiting Pennsylvania from Holland to support the family on the 1st anniversary.
Still too sad to work, Tenneh Kromah is now trying to be strong for her five children. Supporters help the family financially through a GoFundMe page.
“Every time I think of her, I get sad,” said her little brother Abu, who often thinks of Fanta when he goes to sleep.
Events and protests have been held throughout the year to demand justice in Fanta’s case. For the first time, the family holds an event in honor of Fanta. They invite the public to join them on Saturday, August 27 at noon at Sharon Hill Memorial Park.
There will be a gathering to commemorate Fanta followed by a 1:15pm march to the football field in Academy Park.
As the family thanks all the people and organizations that have supported them, they continue to work through their grief and vow to keep Fanta’s memory alive.
“She was a good girl,” said her mother.
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