Award Winning Essayist Against Gun Violence; Dies From Stray Bullet

#SandraParks was only a six grader in 2016 when she won third place in her school’s #MartinLutherKingJr ‘s writing contest, for her essay upon the issues of gun violence. Parks implemented the pressing question that we all ask ourselves everyday: “ How many more children do we have to lose to gun violence “ ? It’s extremely unfortunate that her young life was subjected to a topic she spoke so passionate about at only thirteen years old.


According to #PeopleMagazine it was two years since Parks penned her award wining essay; she was at home located in #Wisconsin , #Milwaukee with her mother and sister that fatal night. Each woman was occupied within other rooms of their home while Parks watched television, it was around 7:45 PM when shots pierced the living room window. Parks sister Tatiana states

“My sister took it like a soldier: She just walked in and said, ‘Mama, I’m shot,’ ”. She was only hit one time, in her chest. The bullet wasn’t even for her. The examiner report reads: “suffered a single gunshot wound to her upper right flank area,” . Parks died of excess blood loss, she was pronounced dead on the scene.

Due to community and neighborhood cooperation; the culprits Issac Barnes , 26 and Untrell Oden , 27 were both found hiding in a closet of a nearby apartment after the shooting. People Magazine states; Barnes is to be charged with first-degree reckless homicide upon various other counts. Untrell is to be charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. But only Barnes is believed to be directly involved in the shooting and maybe facing up to 60 years of jail time. If Oden is convicted he will be facing up to 10 years of jail time.