Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

11-year old Louisiana boy shot in the head

Keian Ester, age 11
An 11-year old boy, Keian Ester, in Westwego, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans, was at home with other children.

911 heard reports of gunfire not far away. Suddenly a bullet entered the house through a window and struck the boy in the head. He is in critical condition in a nearby hospital.

A candlelight vigil was held, and three suspects have been arrested.

From a follow-up article:

An 11-year-old who loved to dance, sing and draw, Keian was killed when a stray bullet struck him last Friday. He was visiting a family friend inside an apartment complex in unincorporated Westwego.
"That's my first born," said Keian's mother, Tamieka Ester. "And I'm so devastated and have been since that Friday. When I got the call, I was at work. That's what I do, work to support my children and keep them safe and look what happened by that senseless foolishness." ....
Police believe three men in a blue Dodge Charger fired shots at several people standing near the stairwell of an apartment complex on Beechgrove Boulevard.
Little Keian was inside a second floor apartment.
A week after the shooting, police believe they have captured all of the men responsible.
Bullets don't know when to stop.

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