On Tuesday, April 13, Gabrielle Jones was accidentally shot and killed by her uncle Jeremy Quintrel Lewis during a music rap video in Charlotte, North Carolina. According to police reports, Lewis was doing a music video when he was given a loaded gun, the bullet went through the wall and accidentally shot his niece in the head while she was in another room. After the accidental shooting Jones was rushed to Levine Children’s hospital where she died a week later.
Last Tuesday Lewis who was initially charged with assault and weapon charges is now charged with second-degree murder. He is currently being held on 500k bond.
Noell P. Tin, Lewis attorney emailed a statement to the news stating that shooting his niece was an accident. He added that the 30-year-old loved his niece and that he is devastated.
Last Sunday 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams was shot and killed while in a McDonald’s drive-thru with her father on Chicago’s west side. While Adams’s family, the community, and people from across the country are devasted with the shooting and killing of our youth.
The numerous shootings and killings of our young ones are beyond devastating, it has turned into an epidemic. Children who don’t ask to be here are losing their lives at the hands of the police, their own relatives, and their own kind. How can we stop the killing? How can we help our children feel safe when their peers are steadily dying? We have to stop just saying “put the guns down” and make a change by doing something to make a difference. Rest in heaven to all the children across the world and prayers to all the families who have lost a child from gun violence.
Tamara Anderson is a freelance writer in the Chicagoland area. She has featured articles in multiple entertainment and hip-hop media outlets.