Jada Pinkett Smith Speaks On Murder Of Tyshawn Lee

The world’s attention is currently focused on the issue of gun violence in Chicago after 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee was gunned down in the City’s South Side. Tyshawn’s tragic death has even drawn reaction from many celebs, including Jada Pinkett Smith.

The actress took to Facebook to call for anyone with information leading to the arrests of the person or persons involved to notify the proper authorities:

Sh@& happens… I know. A 9-year-old child shot several times in the torso in a Chicago alley in the middle of the day should not be one of them. In our communities, many of us live by a fierce code… mind your business, don’t say nothing, don’t tell the authorities jack. For most of us, it’s for good reason, we don’t trust authority, and it’s dangerous to speak on things that happen in these restless, volatile streets especially when blood is spilled. But in a time when we are demanding for change and asking a nation to stand up, speak out and shine a light on injustices that are occurring in our communities, we have to recognize that it also takes making some change within our community as well. We may need to break some old habits, take some new risks to make sure we practice what we preach. It takes courage to manifest justice, it takes courage to be a hero, it takes courage to ask for change and to BE the change we are asking for.
If anyone knows anything about the murder of Tyshawn Lee SAY SOMETHING… please…
My condolences to Tyshawn’s mother, to his father and all those who loved him.
Rest in peace Tyshawn.

Tyshawn was fatally shot Monday afternoon just doors from his grandmother’s house in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

Tyshawn, a student at Scott Joplin Elementary School, was reportedly in an alley with “an unknown number of individuals” about 4:15 p.m. when an argument erupts, someone fired shots and everyone scattered, Chief of Detectives Dean Andrews told the Tribune. Andrews said it’s unclear whether Tyshawn’s shooting death was intentional or a “tragic case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

The boy was shot several times in the upper body, including the head and back, ABC 7 Chicago reports. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Tyshawn’s grandmother, Bertha Lee, found his body lying in a pool of blood with his basketball next to him.

Fr. Michael Pfleger, of St. Sabina Church, and community activist Andrew Holmes have raised $6,000 for information leading to the capture of the person or persons responsible for the killing of Tyshawn, according to CBS Chicago.

“When an 8-year-old is gunned down multiple times in an alley, it sounds like an execution-style killing,” Pfleger told the Chicago Sun Times. “But what kind of creature are you, that you could shoot an 8-year-old multiple times?”

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