Actress Jada Pinkett Smith is speaking out on social media about the shooting of a 9-year-old Chicago boy.
She starts her Facebook post,
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.
9-year-old Tyshawn Lee was fatally shot earlier this week on Chicago’s South Side. Police say he was “lured” from a nearby park and shot dead because of his father’s alleged gang ties. His father says he is cooperating with police.
Police say they know much about the circumstances of Tyshawn’s death but need more information to make an arrest. They are hoping someone from the public comes forward with that information.
So is Jada. She writes:
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…
A $35,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the capture of the boy’s killer.
More than 100 tips have come in from the community. Operation Restoring Innocence is running a hotline for people to call in with tips and information. That number is 1-800-883-5587.
Jada ends her post, which includes a photo of Tyshawn, with:
My condolences to Tyshawn’s mother, to his father and all those who loved him.
Rest in peace Tyshawn.
Jada’s post has been shared over 15,000 times and has been shared through other national media outlets.