‘R.I.P.’ Jada Pinkett Smith Touches Our Hearts With This Sorrowful Farewell…

#1 Tyshawn Lee was a 9-year-old that lived in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.

#2 On November 2nd, 2015 he was shot several times. Another victim of senseless violence.

#3 He loved basketball, so it wasn’t a surprise to find his favorite basketball bloodied beside him. He took it everywhere he went.

#4 Authorities do not know the shooter’s motive but are fairly certain the child was targeted.

#5 Tyshawn is just another name added to a list that is sickeningly long.

#6 In 2015 over 2,500 people were shot in the city of Chicago. Most of these shootings took place on the South Side.

#7 Jada Pinkett Smith, A native of Park Heights in Baltimore, is all too familiar with gun violence.

#8 In an interview she said, “So many people I lost on the streets.”

#9 “…many of us live by a fierce code …mind your business, don’t say nothing, don’t tell the authorities jack.”

#10 “[But] If anyone knows anything about the murder of Tyshawn Lee SAY SOMETHING… please…”

#11 “My condolences to Tyshawn’s mother, to his father and all those who loved him. Rest in peace Tyshawn.”

#12 Here is the full transcript of Jada’s passionate plea.

Sh@& happens… I know. A 9-year-old child shot several times in the torso in a Chicago alley in the middle of the day should not be one of them. In our communities, many of us live by a fierce code… mind your business, don’t say nothing, don’t tell the authorities jack. For most of us, it’s for good reason, we don’t trust authority, and it’s dangerous to speak on things that happen in these restless, volatile streets especially when blood is spilled. But in a time when we are demanding for change and asking a nation to stand up, speak out and shine a light on injustices that are occurring in our communities, we have to recognize that it also takes making some change within our community as well. We may need to break some old habits, take some new risks to make sure we practice what we preach. It takes courage to manifest justice, it takes courage to be a hero, it takes courage to ask for change and to BE the change we are asking for.
If anyone knows anything about the murder of Tyshawn Lee SAY SOMETHING… please…
My condolences to Tyshawn’s mother, to his father and all those who loved him.
Rest in peace Tyshawn.
J

Sh@& happens… I know. A 9-year-old child shot several times in the torso in a Chicago alley in the middle of the day…

Posted by Jada Pinkett Smith on Wednesday, November 4, 2016

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