An 8-year-old girl from Kansas seeks peace in her city.
She was randomly shot one year ago while riding in a car. Now, she and her mother say they want to see an end to violent crime.
BrookLynn Cross is a girly girl through and through. She is known by her friends and family for always wearing bright or fluffy ears on her head. Some look like cat ears, maybe wolf ears, mysterious pandas, and don’t forget a unicorn.
However, Brooklyn is also a victim of armed violence. Her mother, Julie Foster, said that her daughter’s strength is great.
“He didn’t break it. Foster said,” He never broke it. “” Her soul was still there, and it kept me sane in that hospital. “
She was shot a little over a year ago on June 9. KCPD said that officers responded to the shooting around 6:14 pm. Near Lynnwood and Gilham. When they arrived, they found a 16-year-old victim with an ankle injury.
The victim got into an argument with someone in the car park. The police said that there was an exchange of fire between the two parties.
Foster said that the 16-year-old boy accidentally shot Brooklyn, but he intentionally shot his pistol. One of his bullets passed her car and hit Brooklyn in her legs.
Foster transferred her daughter to the mercy of the children, where she underwent surgery.
BrookLynn maintained a positive attitude and learned how to walk again with the help of physiotherapist Walker.
The 8-year-old said her mother had difficulty, but she was there for her.
Brooklyn said: “She was really sad, but I helped her encourage her because she knew I was going to do it, and she knew it too.” “She was crying a lot, but I helped her be happier.”
Her wounds were healed, but she still needs surgery. She’ll get another one soon, but BrookLynn said when she looks at her scars she doesn’t think about herself.
She said she was considering her 18-year-old uncle Bradley Sartin.
Brooklyn said: “It was my favorite uncle.”
Sartin was killed in late November 2017, and his case remains unresolved. Independence Police said that he and another man, Ernesto Delawaz, 20, were shot in the Hawthorne Place apartments.
BrookLynn made a shadow box for her uncle. She keeps it beside her bed with pillows made of the shirts he was wearing.
Brooklyn said: “This always makes me feel safe because it makes me feel that his spirit in the room is protecting me.”
Foster said that the boy who shot Brooklyn is now going through the court system and being tried as an event.
The teenager who was shot, Michael D. Candler-Word, 17, is being tried as an adult. He is accused of assault, armed criminal act and illegal use of weapons.
Foster hopes that the teenager who shot her daughter will face the same consequences.
“I feel it is happening more than we talk about. Something sad. Foster said: It is really sad that the 16-year-old feels forced to roam with a gun.” “We need to crack down on armed violence.” I think if someone was caught with a gun and he was young, I think he should be tried as an adult.
City Mayor Quinton Lucas said homicides in Kansas City rose by 36%, while non-fatal shootings for May rose by 74%.
BrookLynn requires people to think before shooting.
Brooklyn said: “Stay safe and try to work with it because you don’t know if you can photograph a little girl or a little child.” “You never know if you can shoot a small child.”