A drive-by gunman fired into a house, killing a 7-year-old girl who was sitting on a couch, police said.
A 38-year-old man was arrested after the shooting Monday on the city's east side.
Family members identified the victim as second-grader Deva White. "She never had a chance to enjoy life or spread the love that I know she was going to spread to everyone," said her uncle, Immanuel Daniels.
The shooting grew out of a dispute between two families, police said. The girl was shot in the chest and officers took her to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, Detroit police spokesman James Tate said Tuesday.
The girl's grandmother was home at the time; her mother was gone but returned home later.
Police say the suspect told a friend that he had carried out a drive-by shooting and the friend called police, leading to the arrest.