Families renew push for justice for children shot in Minneapolis | KSTP.com

Families renew push for justice for children shot in Minneapolis

Ben Henry
Updated: July 25, 2021 10:42 PM
Created: July 25, 2021 10:15 PM

There’s a renewed push for people to share information regarding a series of shootings involving children in Minneapolis.

At a rally near a growing memorial at 36th and Penn avenues where his granddaughter, 6-year-old Aniya Allen, was shot, community activist K.G. Wilson had an emotional yet simple demand for the person responsible for his granddaughter’s death: Turn yourself in. 

Aniya and 9-year-old Trinity Ottoson-Smith both were shot in May and have died from their gunshot wounds. No arrests have been made in either case.

The month before, 10-year-old Ladavionne Garrett Jr. was shot in Minneapolis as well. He’s still recovering and family tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that he’s “showing signs of improvement.”

No arrests have been made in Ladavionne's case, either. 

“I don’t wish this on any other family,” Ladavionne's aunt, DaJa Garrett, said as she started to tear up. 

“One minute we’re happy and the next minute we’re crying and the next minute we’re completely enraged. I’ve never felt anger like this in my life,” she added. 

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and Mayor Jacob Frey were also at the rally.

“I want folks to know we are doing everything we can to bring those individuals to justice so that they can be held accountable,” Arradondo said about the shooting and death investigations. 

Mayor Frey called on people with information to share it with police. 

If you can help, you can submit a tip anonymously through CrimeStoppers of Minnesota.


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