The mother of a 13-year-old shooting victim in Chicago says the police didn’t kill her daughter.
104 people were shot in Chicago over the Father’s Day weekend. 13 people died, including Amaria Jones, who has emerged as the face of the carnage.
Amaria was showing her mother, Lawanda Jones, a TikTok dance when a stray bullet passed through a “Chicago Lives Matter” sign and struck her daughter in their home last Saturday.
Jones told a CBS affiliate news station, “I turned around and I was looking for her and she was on the ground reaching out like this, holding her neck. I was like, what?! What?! What?!”
Her daughter’s death led Jones to condemn the violence in her city.
“They talk about the police killing – killing our citizens. They’re killing each other off,” Jones told CBS 2. “Our kids are not safe no more. Period. You can’t sit on your porch. You can’t even be in your own house. You’ll get killed.”
Two boys, ages 15 and 16, were also shot during the same drive-by incident in Amaria’s apartment complex. They are expected to survive their injuries.
Jones said, “To the other parents whose kids got shot — my heart goes out to them too, because don’t nobody know what it’s like unless you are in these shoes, to lose a child. You might sympathize with us, but you ain’t going to feel the pain until it actually happens.”