13-yr-old gun control advocate killed by stray bullet

November 23, 2018
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Truly horrific news out of Milwaukee with the devastating killing of 13-year-old Sandra Park who was the victim of gun violence this week.

Just two years after writing an award-winning essay on gun violence, the little girl was herself the victim of the epidemic. Alerting the adult in charge of her safety that, “Little children are victims of senseless gun violence,” she wrote. ” …I sit back and I have to escape from what I see and hear every day. When I do; I come to the same conclusion …We are in a state of chaos. In the city in which I live, I hear and see examples of chaos almost every day. Little children are victims of senseless gun violence. There is too much black on black crime. As an African-American, that makes me feel depressed. Many people have lost faith in America and its ability to be a living example of Dr. King’s dream!” The essay, “Our Truth”, took third place in Milwaukee Public School’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest.

Park was fatally shot when someone outside shot a gun towards her house and the stray bullet went into her bedroom. The young girl was watching TV at the time, her sister reports.

“My sister took it like a soldier: She just walked in the room and said, ‘Mama, I’m shot,’” Ms. Ingram said. “She was only hit one time, in her chest. The bullet wasn’t even for her.”

Little girls shouldn’t have to take gunshots like soldiers. Rest in Paradise, Sandra. Our hearts are with the Parks family.