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A dispute between teen siblings turned deadly after a 14-year-old California teen allegedly shot his 17-year-old sister, Justice, in cold blood, CBS San Francisco reports. Cousin of the teens, 22-year-old Marianna Gatson says she was shocked to learn that the altercation began after she mistakenly dyed his clothes with bleach.
“Why would he kill her over that?” questioned Gatson. “Nothing makes sense. It doesn’t add up.”
Cops say that they have not yet confirmed if this is the actual reason for the shooting. Authorities are still on the hunt for the teen, who is apparently on the run. Family members are encouraging him to turn himself in.
“So once again, grandson, grandma is asking you, please do the right thing, please,” said his grandmother Wanda Brown, adding: “And I love you, I love you with all my heart Mario.”
“It’s a tragedy to my family,” the pair’s father, Mario Toliver Sr., told CBS San Fransisco. “I lost my daughter and I’m trying not to lose my son.”
“I’ve been trying to catch up with him, but he doesn’t have a cell phone,” Mario Sr. continued. “I don’t want these police to find him because they got him as armed and dangerous. But he told me he doesn’t have the gun no more, so I’m praying on it.”
Family members say the victim was busy raising her daughter and trying to finish school.
“She is going to be deeply missed,” Wanda told reporters. “She was a very loving young lady. My great granddaughter is going to miss her mother.”
This is such a heartbreaking story. We send our prayers to the Toliver family.
Last week, we reported on the “thug cycle” toddler who was the subject of a viral video showcasing him being taught how to curse by the adults recording him. KETV found out the child’s environment was even more troubling than we knew, reporting that the boy’s family members allowed gang members to visit their home and his grandmother was arrested on weapon charges. Thankfully, once Child Protective Services of Omaha caught wind of this video, they removed the child from his home, but according to CNN, an Omaha juvenile court judge ruled on Monday that the cursing toddler will remain with his teen mother and they both will be placed in the same foster family.
The police union in Omaha uploaded the video of the child to their site to display what they call “the cycle of violence and thuggery.” Their use of language made the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebreska come to the conclusion the police union was “antagonizing the minority community” of Omaha. Sargent John Wells of the police union responded to that allegation saying:
“The focus here isn’t on any particular ethnic group. The focus here is on the troubling behavior toward this child. This behavior is going to potentially lead this child down a path that is completely unhealthy.”
The toddler’s mother has repeatedly expressed, she did not raise her child to behave the way he did in the video:
“That video — it wasn’t me. It was a person that came in to my house and recorded it. Everybody that thinks I’m a bad mother, I’m not. I’m a good mother to my son. I teach him a lot, and he is very smart. All that cussing that he did, he doesn’t do that. Somebody told him to do that. My son doesn’t do that. I don’t allow it.“
She also stated that the reason her son was taken away from her and their home was because of the gang members who routinely visit their property.
“They didn’t come because the video. They came because of the gang violence and everything that happened with us. They weren’t worried about the video because he had a clean diaper. The house was clean. Like they said, kids cuss.”
What the mother failed to mention was in October her son was almost shot by a bullet that grazed his toe when gunfire was opened towards their home. Four others were also harmed because of that particular shoot-out. Let’s hope foster care is the first step to both of these minors finding a better environment to grow up in.
Do you think this child should be with his mother?
From Black Enterprise
According to the Children’s Defense Fund, homicide is the leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-old African Americans.
The “No Guns Allowed” grassroots campaign supported by The League of Young Voters and recording artist Snoop Lion champions the push for “common sense” gun legislation and anti-gun violence. The “No Guns Allowed” initiative was inspired by Snoop Lion’s song “No Guns Allowed,” featuring Snoop’s daughter Cori B and Drake, which appeared on hisReincarnated album.
Earlier this year, Snoop released the album and a documentary both titled Reincarnated under his new moniker Snoop Lion. The Reincarnated documentary marked his figurative journey and transition from Dogg to Lion, marking a positive, peaceful change as an artist and a person.
To read on, click through to BlackEnterprise.com
Unfortunately, the lives of two more young people have been claimed by senseless acts of violence. After opening her stacks of Christmas presents, 13-year-old Zainee Hailey of Newark, New Jersey carried her family’s holiday trash out to the curb on Schley Street with her seven-year-old brother in tow, when she was shot down by an unidentified gunman,” The New York Daily News reports.
Police say that Zainee was not the intended target. A visitor of the three-family Schley Street home, 15-year-old Kasson Morman, was also struck and killed when the gunman opened fire.
“I was just sitting here wondering, trying to put it all together,”said Zainee’s devastated grandfather, Michael Peterson. “It’s like a dream.”
“They’re only babies. They didn’t even live to see 20. Oh my god,” one neighbor told CBS New York.
Another 14-year-old victim, whose name has been disclosed, was also shot and remains in critical condition with a bullet lodged in his spine. One neighbor, Junior Clark, told reporters that he actually saw the gunman, who is said to have worn a ski mask and to have taken off running shortly after the killings. Though cops say that they see no visible motive for the senseless shootings, neighbors say that it’s a case of retaliation, adding that the gunman was actually targeting a group of teens suspected of stealing a red Jeep Cherokee. The victims of this crime, however, were not the intended targets.
We send our prayers to the families impacted by this heartbreaking tragedy.
When was the exact moment that the nation came to grips with the fact that gun violence is an indisputable erosion corroding our daily lives?
For some it was the senseless killing of Trayvon Martin and the reactors surrounding the verdict this past summer. Or perhaps the Sandy Hook massacre touched a nerve and woke up your slumbering consciousness.
Now we have a more recent revival in the form of the Navy Yard shooting in DC which again gripped the airwaves and our interests, leaving us wondering – Why?
There are so many questions that leave us desperate for answers but unfortunately there is no easy way out of this particular dilemma.
The right for all Americans to possess firearms has consistently given uncompromising power to citizens of all walks of life and helped detonate emotional bombs that have left thousands of scarred victims branded for a lifetime.
When and how do we fire back in retaliation with words and sensitive pleas to the organizations responsible for feeding the now global monstrosity?
The truth is that Americans have been paying the ultimate price for decades, but because those tragedies were regulated to a particular populace, we became desensitized and unyielding to the waging war happening so close but yet so conveniently far.
Now, we are confronted with the indelible truth that the roster of catastrophes plaguing mankind both at home and beyond is an issue we can no longer avoid or hide from because this time it’s personal. The bullets are now being deposited without any restraint or regard for each of our individual racial, geographical or economic stations. The fight has become bloated with vague references, that despite the best of intentions, seem to deviate from the forces that threaten to handicap our immaculately arranged disposition.
There is no easy way to steady the waves that bang against our erected existence but we’ve got to try to find a way to understand the champions of meditated tragedies and get the powers that be to slip out of their mental coma and revive their sense of duty and justice for all.
We have to come together and remove ourselves from the media onslaught and the press conferences that aim to give us a temporary reprieve but still leave us with gaping wounds and restless spirits.
We have to use the sophisticated tools at our disposal to enforce our stipulations when it comes to the fragility of human life and how we can’t allow regulated carelessness to predict the growing casualties that are symbolically littering our sidewalks every other day.
The United States of America has provided an opaque platform that a lot of countries marvel and envy but we are still unable to tackle the most formidable equation that could literally make the difference between life and death.
Inner city kids have adjusted to their familiar turmoil and their privileged counterparts are being forced to accommodate their new reality.
The unrelenting nightmare is seeping through like the plague and now that all bets are off, lets utilize the bullet points that come with our citizenship and stand up for justice, freedom, and the American way.
We have already established that we need to say no to drugs. So let’s say no to guns, or at least say yes, to finding a way to deactivate the formula presently initiated that is making it so tragically easy for the destruction of innocent lives.
It’s time for a change…and it’s going to ordinary folks like us to initiate it.
Are you ready?
For more information on gun violence, check out the new Moguldom Films documentary, Gunland. You can watch the trailer for the upcoming film below.
If you’d like to see this film, you can donate to the Kickstarter campaign here.
Unfortunately, police brutality and gun violence is not only trending on the web, but in society as well. In Waycross, Georgia, a family had to watch as police shot and killed Jack Lamar Roberson, an unarmed man who police are claiming had two weapons on him.
First Coast News reports that on Friday, October 4, Roberson’s fiancée, Alicia Herron, called 911 because she thought Roberson tried to commit suicide by overdosing on his diabetes medication. Although she called for EMS to come to their house, two police officers instead appeared on the scene. The police officers said they came instead of the ambulance because they received a report stating there was an attempted suicide and that the person in question was combative. When they arrived at the scene, they claim Roberson was confrontational and because of his supposed aggressive behavior, the two policemen in turn shot him.
Roberson’s mother, Diane Roberson, says police are lying about the circumstances surrounding her son’s death and that the family doesn’t even own a decent pair of knives. Herron also backs up that statement, saying when police arrived her fiancée had no weapons on him and consistently held his hands up.
“He didn’t have nothing in his hands at any time or period at all before they came, any time while they were here, anything,” she said. “They just came in and shot him. He didn’t say nothing, the police didn’t say nothing, anything, it was like a silent movie. You couldn’t hear anything, all you could hear were the gun shots go off and I seen them going into his body and he just fell down.”
According to the Athens Banner-Herald, the police officers have been put on administrative leave as of now while the Georgia Bureau of Investigations looks into the shooting, at the Waycross Police Department’s request.
Sounds like there are a lot of missing pieces to this story, primarily where are those knives in question. What do you think about this case?
Not all jokes or headlines are funny! Yesterday, Philadelphia Fox News Anchor Joyce Evans found that out the hard way when she tweeted:
Thought “Breaking Bad” was hot last Sunday? @FOX29philly See who’s breakin’ bad in SW Philly leavin’ 6 people SHOT – Tonite at Ten!
— Joyce Evans (@JoyceEvansFox29) October 7, 2013
The tweet landed Evans in hot water with her comparison of the hit television show with a 23-year-old being pronounced dead and six others, wounded. The Daily News reported: Joyce Evans believed her tweet advertised the news story as real life drama opposed to “Breaking Bad’s” fictional story line. To clean up her mess, she tweeted:
Last tweet NOT AST ALL A JOKE. Very real life drama was the point as oppose to one that end on tv. That was my point
— Joyce Evans (@JoyceEvansFox29) October 7, 2013
Twitter followers responded wagging their fingers at Joyce Evans’ desensitized presentation of Southwest Philadelphia’s gun violence.
“I don’t think people missed your point as much as they didn’t agree to how you presented it.”
“Gun crime and potentially fatal circumstances aren’t something you should be jokingly referencing.”
Despite all the criticism she received, Joyce clearly does not feel she was wrong, as her Twitter timeline is full of explanations to people who “missed” her point. We can understand she wanted news viewers to tune in for the report, but trying to align similarities between a scripted show and the very serious issue of gun violence in our communities is not a good look, considering how many people already don’t take this issue seriously. Evans has set a tone that gun violence is as fictional as a television show.
Do you think Joyce Evans’ comparison was wrong?
Rarely a week goes by that we aren’t sharing news of a child being hit by a stray bullet or retelling the details of a gun landing in the hands of the wrong person and the result being unspeakable violence. And far too often those tales come from the city of Chicago.
Everyone knows the who, what, where, and when as it relates to Chicago gun violence, but few have explored the why, which is where a new documentary, “Gunland” comes into the picture. Produced by Moguldom Films, the upcoming documentary:
“peers into the lives of urban youth through a raw and realistic lens. It shows how a community ravaged by gun violence causes kids to be afraid to walk the streets, go to school, and to play.
“‘Gunland’ invites viewers to witness firsthand how these young people cope with the increased violence in their communities and the toll that losing a friend or family member can have on their lives.”
It’s very hard to combat a problem if you don’t understand it’s origin. While it’s easy to throw out “gun control” as a solution to gun violence, we all know that’s just a band-aid on the issue plaguing African American communities in Chicago. This documentary is a first step to begin peeling back the layers of understanding, which is why your support is so necessary.
Check out the trailer for the film below and make sure you head over to their Kickstarter page to donate and make this project a reality.
Headlines about Chicago, Illinois, blare the staggering numbers of young people killed by gun violence. The city’s youth have seen dead bodies on the street and guns falling out of their classmates’ backpacks at school. Children are being shot while playing in the park, or even while seated in the backseat of their parents’ car. Gun violence plagues this mid-western city and murders among black youth aged 15-24 is at an all-time high.
In a new documentary by Moguldom Films, a group of filmmakers goes deep into the youth culture of Chi-town and explores why having a gun — and not ambition — makes you “the man.”
Check out the trailer for the film in the video below and make sure to follow Gunland on social media (Facebook.com/GUNLANDfilm) and stay up on all future documentaries coming from Moguldom Films (Facebook.com/MoguldomFilms, @MoguldomFilms, Instagram.com/MoguldomFilms)
What do you think?
8-year-old Donald Maiden Jr. was playing with friends outside of his Dallas, Texas apartment complex when a bullet struck him in the face around 7:00 pm Tuesday night, CBS Dallas reports. Witnesses say that after being shot, little Donald hit the ground, then jumped up and ran into his apartment.
“He hit the ground when the guy shot him. Then, he got up and ran to the house and asked his mom for water, and his mom saw all the blood coming out,” said DJ’s grandmother, Sharon Locklin.
“His jaw was just hanging off and all of his little friends were crying,” one onlooker told reporters.
“He was talking, but you could barely understand him,” said Justin Yancey, another witness to the shooting.
DJ’s babysitter revealed that when he made his way into the house, his family was hysterical.
“When he ran in, I just screamed. His mouth was just hanging off and it was just a big hole. just threw him on the couch and laid him in my arms and put pressure on his mouth with the towel,” said DJ’s mother, Latamarin Locklin.
His shooter was identified as 46-year-old Brian Cloninger, who has been arrested and charged with injury to a child. His bond has been set at $2.2 million. His motive for shooting little DJ is unclear, but neighbors say that they saw him sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot of the Maiden family’s apartment complex prior to the shooting.
“I just don’t know why this would happen. I’ve never experienced anything like this. I don’t know why someone would just target an innocent child like this.” Locklin told reporters.
DJ remains in a medically induced coma with his jaw wired shut, a sight that his father, Donald Maiden Sr., says that he wasn’t ready for.
“When I first saw him in ICU, I started crying Donald Sr. I just put my head down in his bed and was holding his hand at the same time. And he opened his eyes. And when I raised back up I looked and there were tears rolling down his eyes and it gave me a little bit of spirit in my heart. It was joy, I guess he was kind of happy to know I was there.”
While Dallas police continue to investigate the circumstances surround the shooting, DJ faces a series of surgeries. He is however, expected to be okay.
“Everything’s just too much. I just want him to get better and recover. And law enforcement can deal with everything else,” DJ’s mother said.
We send our prayers to the Locklin and Maiden families.
Watch CBS Dallas’ full report on the next page.