- Here’s why you shouldn’t buy a Nintendo Switch until mid-August Monday 5:11 PM
- Man blasted for making his coworkers babysit his child Monday 5:07 PM
- Pete Buttigieg’s country radio interview was blocked from the air Monday 4:35 PM
- 15-year-old Smash Bros. prodigy caught using racist slur in private Discord server Monday 3:47 PM
- Instagram users who post pet pictures more likely to get hacked Monday 3:45 PM
- Post-Prime Day recap: Shipping delays, more sales, and a scam Monday 3:08 PM
- Jacob Wohl returns to Twitter … for now Monday 1:56 PM
- How to stream WWE Raw Reunion Monday 1:35 PM
- ‘I hope Trump deports you’: Woman goes on racist rant to Spanish speakers at a store Monday 1:24 PM
- Emoji Mashup Bot gives life to unidentifiable emotions Monday 1:15 PM
- Notorious grifter Anna Sorokin reportedly blocked from profiting off Netflix series Monday 12:45 PM
- Charlottesville attacker’s Twitter account included praise for Hitler Monday 12:10 PM
- ‘Short Treks’ trailer: Spock, Pike, and Number One return Monday 11:57 AM
- Everything we know about ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks,’ the new animated show Monday 11:55 AM
- Cole Carrigan says he left Team 10 after being called homophobic slur Monday 11:32 AM
13-year-old who wrote award-winning essay on gun violence has been shot, killed
A 13-year-old who once wrote an award-winning essay on gun violence was struck by a stray bullet and killed Monday night, CNN reports.
Sandra Parks was sitting in her bedroom in Milwaukee when the bullet shattered her window before hitting and killing her around 8pm CT.
Parks was an eighth grader at Keefe Avenue School. Two years ago, she wrote an essay that won third place in a contest honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Her essay, titled “Our Truth,” discussed the violent state of her city and lamented that “little children are victims of senseless gun violence.”
Sandra Parks, 13, wrote this essay about gun violence and its effects on children like her. This week, she was killed by a stray bullet while she was in her bedroom. https://t.co/ituJuEAWvz pic.twitter.com/nsU4KbX8t2— Faith M. Karimi (@FaithMKarimi) November 22, 2018
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett held a press conference Tuesday. “Sandra Parks, a 13-year-old, went into her bedroom. She never came out alive,” he said. “Tragically, her death was caused by someone who just decided they were going shoot bullets into her house and she’s dead.”
Isaac D. Barnes, 26, and Untrell Oden, 27, were charged Wednesday in the shooting, according to local ABC news station WISN. Barnes has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide, and Oden has been charged with “possession of a firearm by a felon,” according to WISN.
Bernice Parks, Sandra’s mother, started a GoFundMe page asking the community for assistance with the memorial service. She spoke to WISN following her daughter’s death. “My baby was not violent,” she said. “My baby did not like violence.”
- Man pulls gun on Black teens at McDonald’s in viral video
- The murders of Tamara O’Neal, Aisha Fraser show domestic violence still isn’t taken seriously
- Doctors remind NRA after hospital shooting: ‘This is our lane’
Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.