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

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

14-year old boy shot in head in street attack

14-year old Justin Thompson had been attending a party and was walking home with two young adult friends, Benny Turner, 21, and Travon Phidd, 20. They were approached by two men, and then the two men started shooting.

Thompson, a student at Barnum School, took a shot in the head.

He was taken to Bridgeport Hospital where he died shortly thereafter.

Turner, of Mill Hill Avenue, suffered a gunshot wound to the hand and Phidd, of Seaview Avenue, was shot in the leg.

Both men were also taken to Bridgeport Hospital, where they were treated then released.

An anti-violence march is planned for this coming Wednesday.

From another article:

The Seaview Avenue memorial for the victim was set up in part by Arlene Mercer, of Stratford Avenue on the East End, who has set up many others like it over the years for homicide victims in the city as well as for others who have met an untimely end.

"This one really hurt. He was just a baby," Mercer said. "I'm tired of it, tired of all of the shooting."

Mercer also set up a banner for the victim across the street from the candles and teddy bears.

Friends and family expressed their sadness over the death of Thompson through social media. A Facebook group, "(RIP) Justin" had about 3,000 "likes" by 7 p.m. and featured a collage of photos of Thompson, called "Little JT."

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