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Mother Calls for Peace After 2 Children Are Shot in North Minneapolis

Brett Hoffland
Updated: July 01, 2019 01:16 PM
Created: July 09, 2016 12:00 AM

Police are still looking for who is responsible in the shooting that killed A 2-year-old child and hurt a 15-month-old on Friday.

As police look for those involved, the North Minneapolis community is calling for an end to gun violence.

One day after losing her 2-year-old son and almost losing her 15-month-old daughter, Lashea Jones talked about the gun violence that has changed her family forever. 

"It hasn't hit me yet," said Lashea Jones, the mother of the children who were shot. 

On Saturday, the mother of 2-year-old Le'vonte King Jason Jones visited a growing memorial to say goodbye.

"I hate that it happened to him," Jones said. 

"It's just so unbelievable," said Desiree Williams, the children's aunt. 

King's sister, 15-month-old Melia Jones, was also shot in the leg, but she was released from the hospital Saturday.

"She has to live with no big brother," Jones said. 

Family members say King was always happy, and even though he only lived two years, he touched so many.

"It's really hard because I feel like I lost a son myself, he was full of life all the time, he was always smiling," Williams said. 

But now all they have is memories, and they have to try to block out the images from what police are saying was a gun fight between two groups, catching a brother and a sister by accident.

"It's just like everywhere I turn it's my nephew right there and it's just hard to know that someone didn't care to know that kids was in the car," Williams said. 

Family members can now lean on support from others preaching a message of peace, and challenging those who resort to violence.

While she's thankful her daughter is safe, Lashea Jones won't have the chance to see her son grow up. Now, she too is hopeful those responsible for the violence face the consequences. 

"I want justice for my baby and my son," Jones said. 

Police are still reviewing surveillance video from the area in their search for suspects. If you know anything call Minneapolis Police.


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