8-year-old Jurne Thompson was waiting with his family in front of a restaurant in St. Louis late last week when he was shot to death.
She is among at least a dozen children who have been killed in a shooting in the city since April, according to the Associated Press. And now authorities fighting to prosecute the killers have announced awards of $ 25,000 for information leading to arrests in four recent cases, including hers.
"If you are as indignant as I am when I say, 'Who does this? Who shoots at the age of 3? Who shoots in the direction of 7-year-old or 8-year-old or 1
The case of 7-year-old Xavier Usanga, who was shot earlier this month, was not included in the award announcement, although one admitted to firing the shot that killed him, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
"We need more information, we need key information about these crimes, about these detectives to make an arrest," Lisa Pischota, executive director of the St. Louis Regional Crime Throne, the administration that administers the awards, said Tuesday Investigations into all deaths from child shootings this year continue, police said in a statement.
Following the announcement of the awards, another child, 15-year-old Sentonio Cox, was found shot dead to death, according to the paper. . The essay children killed in a St. Louis shooting this year have tied or surpassed the number of people killed in a shooting in any of the past five years, according to data compiled by The Post-Dispatch.
This week announced the legislative black cause for She says she has sent a letter to Gov. Michael Parson asking her to consider passing a law at a special legislative session that would allow high-risk gun violence municipalities to pass gun control restrictions. (All but a few states ban local gun control regulations, according to the lobby arm of the National Rifle Association of America.)
"We consider this a state of emergency that requires the attention of the entire General Assembly and the governor," Representative Steve Roberts, chairman of the Cacus, said in a statement citing deaths in St. Louis and Kansas City. "Action must be taken to prevent this increase in gun violence in our cities and to help local law enforcement protect their children."
In a statement, Governor Parson acknowledged the problem but disagreed with the proposed solution. to Kakus, saying that a special session was not the right way to solve the problem.
"If we have to change the criminal acts in Missouri, it will take all of us at the federal, state, local and community levels working together to achieve this common goal," he said.
# 39; Rourke, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, highlighted the death of St. Louis in a series of tweets so as not to "lose sight" of individual lives lost "to force violence every year.  St. Louis has the highest homicide rate in the country since 2014, according to the Pew Research Center. e data from the St. Louis Police Department, released Monday, saw a total of 186 homicides last year and 134 so far this year.
Mayor Cruson's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday