Saturday 21 September 2019

Girl (13) who won award for essay deploring gun violence in her city is killed in bedroom by stray bullet

Sandra Parks: chaos every day
Sandra Parks: chaos every day

Dean Gray

A 13-year-old Milwaukee girl who won an award for an essay deploring gun violence in the city has been killed by a stray bullet while inside her home.

Sandra Parks received a third-place plaque for an entry she wrote in 2016 for a Milwaukee writing competition, in which she lamented that "little children are victims of senseless gun violence" in the Midwest US city, and that she witnessed "chaos almost every day".

Local television station Fox6 Now said Sandra was killed in her bedroom on Monday after a man outside shot at "an unknown target" using an assault-style rifle.

"She didn't cry. She wasn't hollering. She was just so peaceful," her mother, Bernice Parks, told Fox6 Now. "She didn't deserve to leave the world like that." Police said a 26-year-old man, Isaac Barnes, was arrested in connection with the girl's death.

Irish Independent

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