Parents of 8-year-old killed on July 4: "You killed your own this time"

by Bryan Brammer · Jul 6th, 2020 12:52 pm
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Last Updated Jul 6th, 2020 at 2:32 pm

A black 8-year-old girl was fatally shot Saturday night near the Wendy's restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia, where Rayshard Brooks died last month.

Around 10 p.m. on July 4, Atlanta police officers responded to a 911 call located in a parking lot across the street from the now burned-down Wendy's near University Avenue and I-75/I-85.

Secoriea Turner, 8, was riding in the car with her mother, Charmaine Turner, and her mother's friend. The driver attempted to pull into a parking lot after exiting the interstate, when they were confronted by a "group of armed individuals" who had blocked the entrance.

"At some point, someone in that group opened fire on the vehicle, striking it multiple times and striking the child who was inside," police said in a statement. "The driver then drove to Atlanta Medical Center for help."

Secoriea died at the hospital later that night.

During a press conference on Sunday, Charmaine Turner spoke a few words before she had to be carried out of the room due to the emotional turmoil caused by her daughter's death.

"She was only 8 years old. She would have been on TikTok dancing on her phone, just got done eating," Charmaine Turner said. "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."

Secoriya Williamson, Secoriea's father, also spoke out against the gratuitous violence.

"They say black lives matter," Williamson said. "You killed your own this time. You killed a child. She didn't do nothing to nobody."

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms criticized protesters who had turned violent, saying "enough is enough."

"You cant blame this on a police officer. You can't say this about criminal justice reform. This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an 8-year-old baby in the car for what?" Bottoms said. "If you want people to take us seriously and you don't want us to lose this movement, we can't lose each other."


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