Two years after writing an award-winning essay about gun violence and crime in Milwaukee, 13-year-old Sandra Parks was killed by a stray bullet that went into her bedroom. On Monday (Nov. 19), someone fired a gun at her home, with a single bullet fatally hitting her. “My sister took it like a soldier: She just walked in the room and said, ‘Mama, I’m shot,'” her sister, Tatiana Ingram, told WISN.
Speaking with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sandra’s mother Bernice Parks said that she “was everything this world is not. My baby did not like violence. She was my angel from the time she was in my womb to the time she came.” Her sister added, “She was only hit one time, in her chest. The bullet wasn’t even for her.”
Sandra’s essay, which came third in her school district’s 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest, spoke out against gun violence while calling for more empathy. “We are the future leaders but if we don’t have an education, we will accomplish nothing,” the essay read. “Sometimes I sit back and have to escape from what I see and hear every day,” she wrote. “When I do; I come to the same conclusion… We are in a state of chaos.”