13-year-old Sandra Parks who wrote an essay about gun violence, and further narrated how she tried to escape from the “black on black crime” chaos that depressed her, has been killed by a stray bullet.
Sandra wrote about gun violence in her Milwaukee neighborhood two years ago, titled her essay “Our Truth” — a sobering reminder that, as she said, people’s poor choices and hatred have led to so much violence. .
“We are in a state of chaos. In a city in which I live, I hear and see examples of chaos almost everyday. Little children are victims of senseless gun violence,” she wrote.
However days before the 2018 Thanksgiving Day, Sandra was in her bedroom when a bullet fired from a gun outside, aimed at no one in particular, pierced a hole through her home and landed in her chest. “Momma, I’m shot,” she told her mother. She died on Monday night.
The sixth-grader took third place in the city competition, with an essay commemorating the life of Martin Luther King.Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett described violence in the city as senseless.
“Sandra Parks, a 13-year-old, went into her bedroom. She never came out alive,” Mayor Barrett told a media conference.
“Tragically, her death was caused by someone who just decided they were going shoot bullets into her house and she’s dead.”