BALTIMORE — For the mom of 15-year-old Nykayla Strawder, the grief is insufferable.
“I can not sleep. I’ve luggage below my eyes,” Nykerah Strawder stated in a brand new interview with WJZ. “Regardless of what number of instances I attempt to shut my eyes, I see her.”
She remains to be demanding justice after police say a 9-year-old boy one way or the other gained entry to a relative’s gun and shot Nykayla on her entrance porch.
“Put the weapons away! Put them up! Conceal them so your youngsters do not get it,” Strawder stated.
Whereas an grownup can face a misdemeanor cost for leaving a gun accessible to a minor,due to juvenile justice reforms that handed the Basic Meeting earlier this 12 months.
Keisha Hogan, whose juvenile son was locked up for nearly 900 days, testified in favor of the legislation that prohibits any youngster below age 10 from being criminally charged.
“Me going by this example decimated me and adjusted me for all times,” Hogan told lawmakers through tears in March. “I misplaced time that I’ll by no means get again.”
Proper now, Nykayla’s household nonetheless doesn’t know what justice will appear like for them. “I need this to by no means cease till someone is charged,” her mother stated.
She joins so many others whose youngsters have been shot and killed this 12 months.
In January, 16-year-old Desmond Canada and 17-year-old Bernard Thomas misplaced their lives in.
In March,in an alley a few five-minute drive away.
In Might,on the Internal Harbor.
And 17-year-oldfollowing his junior promenade.