The protests for Black Lives Matter continue across America, and so do the senseless shootings of children, with the Fourth of July weekend the “most violent weekend” that the Atlanta Police Chief could remember. Gun violence has rocked the nation, as the CCP Virus isn’t the only plague affecting people.
The surge in violence that began in June, after the death of a black man George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis, with a total of 16 children shot and wounded in several cities, some of them fatally.
Many of those children were outside playing with their friends or celebrating the Fourth of July weekend.
One child was shot near the scene of protests over the death of another black man, Rayshard Brooks, who was shot by a white police officer in Atlanta. “Black lives matter … killing your own,” said Secoriya Williamson, the young girl’s father, following the 8-year-old child’s death. “You killed an 8-year-old child. She ain’t do nothing to not one of ya’ll, she just wanted to get home to see her cousin.”
Cities like Atlanta, New York City, Seattle, Washington, and Philadelphia have all had children caught in the crossfire, as the crime rates have soared.
The Daily Caller has compiled a list of those children, and it serves as a reminder to anyone contemplating violence, that next time it might not be someone on a list of casualties that is unknown but may very well be one of your own. Peaceful protesting is the right of every citizen, but when mixed with hate and anger it becomes lethal.
Secoriea Turner, 8, was shot and killed on July 4 after the car she was traveling in with her mom and friend was fired upon by a couple of people in a crowd, who were protesting in a Wendy’s parking lot, where last month black man Rayshard Brooks was killed by police.
“She was only 8 years old,” said her mom, at a press conference. “She would have been on TikTok dancing on her phone, just got done eating. We understand the frustration of Rayshard Brooks. We didn’t have anything to do with that. We’re innocent. My baby didn’t mean no harm.” Turner died in her mother’s arms.
“She didn’t deserve to die like that. She was only 8 years old,” said her father. “My child’s life is the one that matters.”
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms ordered the area around where Turner was shot be shut down, declaring that “it’s over.” “This discussion, this mediation, and … it’s over. At a point where an 8-year-old baby is killed, the discussions have ended,” Bottoms said.
Unidentified boy, 6, shot and killed after being hit by a bullet in the chest on July 5. Police have not released the details of the little boy’s death yet.
“I didn’t hear a shot fired,” neighbor Greg Van Ball said. “There was no indication that there was anything, no screaming, no nothing. I don’t know what happened. I know it’s going to be super, super sad. I know the family and I know the little guy. It’s really, really upsetting.”
Unidentified girl, 11 was lucky to escape serious injury as she was hit by a bullet to the hip when a shooter opened fire on Saturday. She received medical attention at the scene.
Angelo Walker, 15, was shot in the head while riding his bicycle in Overbrook on July 5. He was rushed to the hospital but soon died. Walker was a student at Frankford High School and was an athlete on the school football team.
“This has taken us all by surprise. It’s just heartbreaking,” said Frankford High School Head Football Coach Bill Sytsma.
“We need the city to really fight this. We need everybody to fight this. This just keeps happening. I can’t. I can’t bury another player, this is three years in a row,” he said. “I can’t do it anymore.”
“As a coach you want to keep your players safe, you work hard to keep your players safe. I do everything in my power to keep my players safe and it still happens,” Sytsma said.
WEEKEND OF VIOLENCE: 15YO Angelo Walker was among the 31 gunshot victims in Philly this weekend. He was shot & killed on Sunday night in Overbrook.@BillSytsma describes him as a “bright, up and coming player” on the Frankford HS football team. @FOX29philly at 5 pic.twitter.com/6JgwUPjEuV
— Kelly Rule (@KellyRuleTV) July 6, 2020
Rahim, 15, was shot 17 times on June 22, when he stopped at a store to buy food after playing basketball with friends. His friend, 17, was also shot, and both were rushed to the hospital.
“I was in disbelief. Everything from the waist down was covered in blood,” said Rahim’s mother. Police are searching for a motive why the two were gunned down.
“He’s not inclined to the streets, nor hanging with people in the streets. That’s what made it so shocking,” said Warren Upchurch, director of New Options More Opportunities, where Rahim was about to join a career development program to help prevent violence of the type that happened to him.
Unidentified, boy, 17, shot in the buttock in West Philadelphia and was in stable condition as of Saturday.
New York City
Unidentified girl, 7, grazed by a bullet in the leg on June 25, in East Harlem after a fight between teens erupted. She is expected to make a recovery.
Treshawn, 11, was shot in the leg during a drive-by shooting as he played outside his house in Flatbush. According to investigators, Treshawn was not the intended target.
An 11-year-old boy was shot during a drive-by shooting on June 30 while playing outside his home in Flatbush.”They drive fast and shoot, man, that’s all the little babies,” Terrence Solomon, the boy’s grandfather said. “They’re little kids, nobody big out here.”
Unidentified, Boy, 14, was shot multiple times, including in the neck and back in Queens on Monday, July 6, and was rushed to the hospital in a critical condition. Police are searching for two suspects.
An unidentified 15-year-old was shot in the chest in East Harlem on July 5. It is unclear what led to the shooting and the victim’s condition is unknown. The shooting occurred the same day that New York had 23 shootings and 43 victims in a 9-hour time span Sunday, killing at least 9 people, according to ABC 7.
An unidentified 15-year-old was shot once while at a graduation party in Shoelace Park the Bronx on June 12. The victim was in stable condition as of June 14.
An unidentified 16-year-old was shot once while at the same graduation party as the aforementioned 15-year-old in the Bronx. The victim was also in stable condition.
Brandon Hendricks, 17, was shot and killed June 28 in the Bronx just days after graduating high school. Hendricks was at a barbecue, as was an unintended victim. His killer Najhim Luke was charged with his murder, ABC 7 reported.
“We have to stand and bury one of our own because of one of our own, that’s unacceptable and it’s unsustainable,” community activist Kirsten John Foy said.
“You took away my life, you have no idea what you did to me,” Eve Hendricks, the boy’s mother, said during a vigil “My son has my heart. Nobody knows how I feel, I don’t know how I feel.”
Seattle (Capitol Hill Organized Protest, CHOP)
Antonio Mays Jr., 16, was shot and killed in a shooting near the Seattle CHOP on June 30. Mays was driving his Jeep Cherokee near the barriers of the CHOP, where witnesses said they saw several people begin to fire into the vehicle, killing Mays Jr., according to the NY Post.
An unidentified, 14-year-old was also critically wounded during the shooting.
Davon McNeal, 11, was shot and killed in southeast D.C. on July 4, after a group of five males opened fire, shooting McNeal in the head and then fleeing the scene by car, according to police.
McNeal had stopped to pick up items for a mobile phone.
“He was a good kid,” McNeal’s grandfather Tony Lawson told Fox 5. “I mean, his life gone. Eleven years old, he hadn’t lived his life yet, 11 years old. We got to stop killing each other. Stop it. Put the guns down.”
Davon McNeal💔💔. He could’ve been the next Lamar Jackson or the next Barack Obama, but some suckas took his life. A child only 11 years young with his full life ahead of him. Wtf 😓😓. We gonna keep your name and legacy alive youngin I promise you that! Justice for #DavonMcNeal! pic.twitter.com/tfZTjuGZIp
— Quinn Cook (@QCook323) July 6, 2020