A filmmaker, Tyler Perry has offered to pay the funeral expenses for an 8-year-old girl who was fatally shot in Atlanta over the weekend.
“I’m outraged today because I’d rather be paying for 8-year-old Secoriea Turner’s college than her funeral,” Perry said in a statement to People magazine. “When does this end?”
According to a statement by the Atlanta Police representative, Lt. Peter Malecki, Secoriea was riding in a Jeep Cherokee with her mother and another adult on Saturday night when they encountered “a makeshift roadblock that was manned by numerous armed individuals, and when the driver tried to go around the roadblock, shots were fired and the girl was hit. Her mother immediately drove her to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Atlanta Police also released a short video showing an armed man who they described as a person of interest in the girl’s shooting. Malecki said the video came from a surveillance camera near where Secoriea was shot. It shows a Black man in a white shirt and dark pants carrying an AR-15 rifle with a tan stock and grip.
$20,000 bounty has been offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of a suspect in the case.
The girl was shot near the Wendy’s restaurant where an African American man, Rayshard Brooks, was killed by a white police officer on June 12. The fast-food outlet was later burned, and the area has since become a site for frequent demonstrations against police brutality. Perry also paid for Brooks’ funeral last month.
This is heartbreaking, when will this end?