Police release images of suspect involved in killing of little girl, 8, near where Rayshard Brooks died

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ATLANTA, GA – Authorities in Atlanta have recently released images and video surveillance of a person of interest with regard to the investigation of the death of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner, who was killed on July 4th.

The murder of young Turner has served as an eye-opening tragedy with regard to the fallout of Rayshard Brooks’ death, as the young girl was reportedly killed in a shooting that happened not far from the infamous Wendy’s on University Avenue that was the site of riots and arson weeks earlier.

Images of the person of interest in the case show a black male in a white shirt, carrying what police identified to be an AR-15 styled rifle.

According to Lt. Pete Malecki of the Atlanta Police Department, investigators believe there to be numerous suspects involved in the case:

“We believe there is going to be a minimum of three additional suspects. That number could change. Although we have a lot of work to identify the remaining individuals responsible, this is the first step in that process.”

Police say that the shooting of Turner happened just across the street from the torched restaurant at around 9:45 p.m. on July 4th. Young Turner was said to have been riding in a car with her mother and one of her mother’s friends when they exited the interstate and turned onto University Avenue.

The driver of the vehicle attempted to turn into a parking lot on Pryor Road, when a group of armed individuals reportedly confronted the driver and blocked them from proceeding into the parking lot. According to a statement by police, someone from the group then opened fire on the vehicle which resulted in bullets striking young Turner.

While the girl was rushed over to Atlanta Medical Center, Turner later passed away at the hospital from her injuries.

Charmaine Turner, the mother of Secoriea, recently spoke out at a news conference about her losing her daughter to this senseless violence:

“Help me…help my baby. She was only 8 years old. What is it – 30 minutes after 6:00? She would have been on Tik Tok dancing on her phone, just got finished eating. We understand the frustration of Rayshard Brooks – we understand.

“We ain’t got nothing to do with that. We’re innocent. We didn’t mean no harm. My baby didn’t mean no harm. Somebody knows something.”

Secoriea’s father, Secoriya Williamson, also commented on what can perceived to be his noting of hypocrisy within the Black Lives Matter movement:

“They say black lives matter. You killed your own…you killed your own this time. Killed because of a barrier? They killed my baby because she crossed the barrier – and made a U-turn? You killed a child. She didn’t do nothing to nobody.”

A reward has been announced for information that can lead police to an arrest in this case. While the reward was $10, 000 when originally announced, police have increased that reward to $20,000 for information that can lead to an arrest and prosecution.

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This young girl’s murder was one of many black lives killed since rioters have taken to the streets in late May. 

Black lives matter, and that should include the lives tragically lost in the riots that have been taking place all across the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

The riots have destroyed black lives, black livelihoods, and black monuments

The rioters are terrorists disproportionately harming and terrorizing people of color. As Black Lives Matter activists continue to repeat the names of unarmed black men and women killed by police, the names of victims killed in the George Floyd riots should also be said.

Many cities claim that their protests are peaceful and while that might be true, especially during the day, many instigators used the large crowds as an opportunity to loot, vandalize, and destroy.  Many peaceful protests turned violent and those riots came with a death toll of at least 21 people. 

David Dorn, a 77-year-old retired St. Louis police captain was shot and killed when looters broke into a pawn shop on June 2.  Dorn was checking on a burglar alarm when the looters broke in.  That night in St.Louis, rioters shot four officers, burned and looted businesses, and threw rocks at the police.

St. Louis police arrested Stephan Cannon, 24, charging him with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, and felon in possession of a firearm. 

David McAtee, the 53-year-old owner of a barbecue restaurant was shot and killed when Police and National Guard troopers were trying to clear a crowd in Louisville, Kentucky.  They heard gunshots and returned fire.  Police say surveillance camera captured McAtee firing a gun as officers approached. 

The police released a video of the shooting:

“We are releasing it to provide transparency. It does not answer every question.”

Chris Beaty, 38 years old ,was shot and killed on the street in downtown Indianapolis on May 30th during a protest.  Beaty played football for Indiana University and was known as “Mr. Indianapolis.”  Beaty was helping two women who were being mugged when he was shot. 

Dorian Murrell, 18 years old, was shot and killed by 29-year-old Tyler Newby.  Newby told police he had shot Murrell after Newby and a friend picked up a gas canister on the ground as they walked downtown after the protests.  Newby claimed they were approached by a group of about 10 men and said he was pushed to the ground and found Murrell standing over him, so he shot him. Newby turned himself into the police and has been accused of murder and placed behind bars. 

Italia Marie Kelly, 22 years old, was shot while trying to get into a friend’s car to leave a George Floyd protest in Davenport, Iowa.  She died later that evening. The Davenport Police Department arrested 21-year-old Parker Marlin Belz and charged him with first-degree murder in the case. 

Marquis Tousant, 23 years old was shot and died that same evening in Davenport, Iowa. He was found dead near where police said one or more persons fired 13 shot at an unmarked police truck investigating a suspicious car in an alley.  The officer who drove the truck was shot in the leg.

Dave Patrick Underwood, 53 years old, a federal officer who was working security at a U.S. courthouse in Oakland, California during a protest when someone opened fire from a vehicle. The shooting critically wounded another officer.  The buildings glass doors were mashed and the front entrance sprayed with anti-police graffiti. 

Police arrested Air Force Staff Sgt. Stephen Carriollo, 32, charging him with murder and attempted murder.  Police reportedly found symbols associated with the far-right extremist “Boogaloo” movement, which aims to spark an impending civil war. 

Calvin Horton Jr, 43 years old, was fatally shot outside a Minneapolis pawn shop on May 27th.  The 59-year-old owner was booked into jail on suspicion if murder, but later released. 

James Scurlock, a 22-year-old black man reportedly shoved bar owner Jake Gardner, a white man, to the ground on Saturday, June 6th in Omaha, Nebraska.  Gardner fired shots into the air as people shoved him to the ground.  Scurlock jumped on Gardner, who fired the gun over his should, hitting Scurlock. Authorities declined to press charges in the death, calling the shooting self-defense, however, Gardner may still face misdemeanor gun charges because his concealed carry permit for the gun expired. 

Javar Harrell, a 21-year-old black man was shot and killed when he was sitting in the driver’s seat of a car in a parking lot with two others when someone fired shots into his vehicle and then ran away during a protest in Detroit, Michigan.

Barry Perkins III, 29 years old died after climbing between two trailers of a FedEx truck during a protest on highway, I-44 in St. Louis.  Protestors stopped the driver, but the driver took off when people began looting one of his trailers. 

Jorge Gomez, 25 years old, was fatally shot when police broke up a protest in downtown Las Vegas.  Police said the officers opened fired after Gomez pointed a gun at them.

Hours before the protest, he wrote:

“Be ready for war. Do not cower in the face of revolution.”

Unlike other protesters, Gomez was reportedly carrying several guns and wearing body armor.

Jose Guiterrez, 28 years old, was fatally shot as looters ransacked businesses in the Cicero neighborhood in Chicago.  Police have charged Zion Haygood with first-degree murder in the shooting.  Police say Guiterrez was a bystander and not involved in the shooting.

Victor Cazares Jr., 27 years old was shot the same night as Guiterrez in Chicago in a separate incident near a grocery store.

Marvin Francois, 50 years old, was shot when three carjackers attempted to steal a car. In the process they shot Francois.

Two unidentified looters.  One looter attempted to break into a gun shop in Philadelphia and the owner of the shop shot and killed the man after seeing a group of looters on his surveillance camera. That same night, a 24-year-old looter died while trying to blow up a sidewalk ATM in Philadelphia.

Horace Lorenzo Anderson, 19 years old, was shot and killed around the CHOP zone in Seattle, Washington. 

Antonio Mays Jr., a black 16-year-old drove a Jeep to CHOP, seeking safety after having carjacked the vehicle.  A friend told him he would find “safety” at the police-free zone.  Instead, CHOP “security” fired into the vehicle killing Mays and injuring the passenger, a 14-year-old boy. 

Secoriea Turner, 8 years old, was fatally shot as her mother attempted to park a car near a group of protesters close to the Wendy’s were Rayshard Brooks was killed by police in Atlanta. 

This list continues to grow as the protests over George Floyd’s death, racism, and police brutality continue across the country.

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