#072 Precious Lives: Fighting For The Right to Grow Up
On the evening of May 5, shots rang out between two rival groups on the 1500 block of West Meinecke Avenue in Milwaukee. After more than 40 rounds were fired, the only known victim was nine-year-old Za’Layia Jenkins.
She had been watching TV inside when the shots began. Za’layia was shot in the head and was declared brain dead a week and a half later, the day before her 10th birthday.
When something like this happens, other kids are left thinking about their future.
Precious Lives spoke to four young people of varying ages, all of whom are growing up in the neighborhood where Za’layia was shot.
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