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Black Boy Who Called for End to Violence Gets Shot

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I've been watching several similar events play out, and the "end to violence in these cases, in relation to these stories are ...

13 year old Zarriel Trotter recovering from surgery after being hit by stray bullet on West Side. https://t.co/qOaMt7niz5

Last year, 12-year-old Zarriel Trotter spoke out against the violence roiling his Chicago neighborhood.

“I don’t want to live around my community where I’ve got to keep on hearing and hearing: People keep on getting shot, people keep on getting killed,” Trotter said in a public service announcement about the effect of gun violence on the city’s black youth.

The video won an award, but gun violence in Chicago only got worse.

And on Friday, in a tragic and ironic twist, Trotter became one of its latest victims.

Trotter, now 13, was struck by a stray bullet Friday night while walking home after playing basketball, according to the Chicago Tribune. He was shot in the back, close to his spine, and remains in critical condition. No one else was injured, and there have been no arrests so far.

The teenager was one of more than a dozen people injured in shootings across Chicago on Friday, according to the Tribune. The city has seen a spike in shootings so far in 2016, with shootings nearly double what they were at this point last year and homicides up 84 percent, according to the New York Times.

So far this year, the city is averaging more than seven shootings and one homicide per day.

If this isn’t a wake-up call to the racist government that we need mo money fo dem programs, I don’t know what is. cont


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