A 13 year old black girl who wrote an award winning essay on Gun Violence, died in her room from a stray bullet.
Sandra Parks, who was just 13 years old, was found lying dead dead last Thursday after a stray bullet pierced through her room’s window.
Sandra wrote in an essay,
“Little children are victims of senseless gun violence… 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.”
The essay was written 2 years ago. She won an award, and was invited to a Radio Show to speak about her essay.
Prosecutors have charged 2 men in her shooting death on Wednesday. It’s mentioned that one of the men was found hiding in a closet after the shooting.
The men are said to have been shooting at an unknown target as they walked away from a store.
Here’s her essay:
“Our first truth is that we must start caring about each other,” she wrote. “We need to be empathetic and try to walk in each other’s shoes. … We shall overcome, when we love ourselves and the people around us. Then, we become our brothers keeper.”
Bernice Parks, Sandra’s mother, said that Sandra spoke out against violence every time she could, and was extremely against violence, and tried to get the world to see the dangers of gun violence, she said,
“My baby was not violent. My baby did not like violence,”
Sandra appeared on the Wisconsin Public Radio last year, where she said she chose the topic of Gun Violence because of the constant news reports on how people are dying from gun violence in her community, saying
“All you hear about is somebody dying or somebody getting shot and people do not just think about whose father or son or granddaughter or grandson who it was that was just killed,”
Many people gathered for a vigil on Tuesday night outside Sandra’s home. A plaque of her essay was held up for everyone to see, as they remembered and reflected on her fight against violence.
Sandra’s mother had gone to bed at around 7pm and was awoken by the sound of gun fire. Prosecutors said the next thing Sandra’s mother heard was: “I’m shot! I’m shot!”
Prosecutors said Sandra was shot in her room, but didn’t die in her room. She walked out of her room and fell to the floor where her siblings had been watching TV, and bled out in front of them.