The dark days in Ferguson, Missouri continue with news of a 9-year-old girl being killed by a stray bullet as she studiously did her homework on her mother’s bed.
Jamyla Bolden was shot around 9:30 last night (August 19) in her home and was pronounced dead shorting after the shooting and her mother, 34, was also shot in the leg.
The father of Jamyla Bolden said the girl was in bed doing homework inside a home in the 9200 block of Ellison when she was shot around 9:30 p.m. Her mother was also shot in the leg, she has since been released from the hospital.
Police said the bullets came from outside of the home.
The St. Louis County coroner said the girl died of a gunshot wound. Officials with the girl’s school also confirmed her death.
“I never in a million years thought that I’d be laying my daughter to rest,” said James Bolden, the 9-year-old’s father.
Pastor Willis Johnson has been part of an effort to bring peace to Ferguson over the past year. He said the violence must cease.
“There needs to be a reevaluation of human life: [whether] black, white, young, seasoned, whether in Ferguson, or areas considered affluent,” said Johnson. “This has to stop. This epidemic of lost life under false pretense and of no real significant reason has to change.”
The victim’s family, along with police, urge anyone with information about the shooting to contact CrimeStoppers or the Ferguson Police Department.
“Don’t just do it for me. Do it for her. Do it for a 9-year-old child that didn’t even get to see the rest of the world,” said Bolden.
We couldn’t agree more. The killer(s) need to own up to the fact they set out to take a life but their bad aim altered their original plan. If you were man and/or woman enough to shoot, own up to the consequences.
Photo: Family Handout