INDIANAPOLIS, IN – If you do not live in Indianapolis, you probably have not heard about the story we are about to share. Since it doesn’t fit the narrative, it will only be a blip on the radar of local news stations.
To the mainstream, this is just a death of another “privileged” white person.
Early on July 5th, after finishing up a July 4th celebration, Jessica Doty Whitaker, a 24-year-old mother, was walking with her fiance when a group of protesters walked past them and said, “Black lives matter.”
Whitaker reportedly responded, “All lives matter.”
And that is when things got ugly.
Several of the “protesters” pulled out weapons. Jose Ramirez, Whitaker’s fiance, drew his own weapon, which led to the crowd backing off temporarily.
Ramirez and Whitaker went on their way, believing that the tension was over.
Ramirez told Fox 59:
“It was squashed and they went up the hill and left we thought, but they were sitting on St. Claire waiting for us to come under the bridge and that’s when she got shot.
“She shouldn’t have lost her life. She’s got a 3-year-old son she loved dearly.”
A white woman w/ her fiance argued with blm supporters over it (allegedly said all lives matter)
— Magane (@MaganeMeow) July 12, 2020
“Her grandfather posted on Facebook that ‘multiple black assailants’ shot her in the head.
“‘Why isn’t anybody outraged about this?’ he asked in the post. ‘Is it that BLM was involved or that it was white young adults that [were] the victims?’”
According to Whitaker’s father, Robert Doty:
“An argument started and guns came out, but they worked things out. Unfortunately, they didn’t drop it and waited for them to walk back through and she was shot in the head.”
Doty also told TGP that neither CNN or Fox News had reached out for information regarding Jessica’s murder, despite her alleged killer still being on the loose.
When asked how the family is doing, Doty said:
“One day at a time is all we can do.”
Her sister Jennifer talked about Jessica, who was a Certified Nursing Assistant working in home health and was preparing to go back to school to become a registered nurse, detailing the fact that she was struck three times in the head and leg.
“It’s heart-wrenching to watch my mother explain to my three year old nephew that mommy is an angel in heaven. And him ask when we can go get her and bring her back.”
Ramirez, who returned fire, but hit no one, said that explaining this to her son, Greyson, has been the most difficult thing so far:
“It’s hard to tell him his mom is in heaven and if you want to talk to her you have to look up and say, ‘I love you mom.'”
Police have released footage from a camera in the vicinity of the shooting during the time it occurred. You can see multiple people running around at various times and locations in the video, both on the sidewalk and around the playground.
Indianapolis Metro Police are asking the public for help in finding the individual(s) responsible in this shooting.
A GoFundMe page was started to assist the family with funeral expenses and to help take care of her 3-year old son.
The page shares the following message:
“Jessica, was a wonderful mother, sister, daughter, fiance, friend, aunt,cousin ans coworker. Loved by many and will surely be missed by many.. She made sure everyone around her was happy before she was. She does not deserve this. She has passed away on July 5th, 2020 around 3:30 Am.
“She was walking the downtown canal with her fiance, a friend and his girlfriend. And was shot. We are asking for you to donate whatever you can to help our family give her the most beautiful service she deserves.
“Also to help with the beautiful son she left behind. That was her pride and joy . WE LOVE YOU JESSIE ❤WE ARE THANKFUL”
As of this writing, the page had a goal of $30,000 and had raised $21,413.
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That same weekend, the media was relatively silent about many other deaths.
This comes just as activists all over are calling to defund or abolish the police.
One of those killings happened in Philadelphia.
Police responded to the 4600 block of Kendrick St in the Upper Holmesburg area shortly before 1:30pm Sunday for a reported shooting.
Upon arrival, officers located a six year old boy who had been shot in the chest. The boy was taken by a family member to the Jefferson Torresdale Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, advised that there were other children and adults in the home at the time of the shooting. Outlaw stated:
“We are still trying to piece together exactly what happened, interviewing witnesses.”
Neighbors in the area described issues occurring at the house recently, to include reports of recent shootings in the area. This neighbor believed that the incidents and issues at the home in which the child was shot was drug related.
At the time of this report, police have not released any information regarding the shooting incident. As such, there is no information that is available which would indicate who shot the six year old or the circumstances behind it.
Regardless of what caused the shooting in this case, it is clear that cases involving kids being shot are increasing.
In Chicago, Natalie Wallace, a 7-year-old, was visiting her grandmother’s residence and playing outside. While she was outside, she was shot by unknown people who had exited a car and began firing rounds. Natalie succumbed to her injuries.
In Atlanta, Georgia, a child who was in the car with her mother was struck by a bullet when the friend who was driving was shot at. The driver attempted to park a car in an area where an unknown group blocked the entrance and opened fire. One of the rounds fired struck the 8-year-old who died from her injuries.
In Washington DC, an 11-year-old boy who loved to play football was tragically killed by gunfire. The boy and his mother had stopped at his aunt’s house to pick up a cell phone charger and ear buds when five people who were not related to them began firing. One of the rounds struck the boy in the head and he was later pronounced as dead at the hospital.
In Indiana, several juveniles lost their lives throughout this year, including Nya Cope. Cope was driving her vehicle and was struck by a stray bullet through her passenger seat. That round ended up killing Cope. Cope’s mother, Nikki stated, “The vision goes through my mind of that night a lot. As a parent, I can’t explain the hurt. The hurt is so deep.”
When a child is lost, especially when it is done through a senseless act of violence, everyone’s life is changed forever. For someone who does not know what that is like, it cannot be explained. From everyone involved, the 911 operators, the dispatchers, to the police and medical personnel that respond, their lives are forever changed. Calls that officers dread the most are those involving a child or another officer.
Deaths of any child, especially those of a child are hard to overcome. There have been people who have left the job because they have seen or witnessed a child go through a tough situation or die as a result of something that could have been avoided.
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