Our children are among the victims of this past July 4th weekend gun violence and murders across the US.

In the nation’s capital, 11-year-old Davon McNeal was killed Saturday night after a group of five young men began shooting in the southeast part of the city Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Metropolitan Police Department said.

Davon was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. Davon was shot in the head moments after he and his mother stopped in a neighborhood to visit, the boy’s grandfather is an atrocity.

The youngster jumped out of the car to run into his aunt’s house to grab a phone charger, said grandfather John Ayala, who founded the DC chapter of the Guardian Angels and has been fighting gun violence for many years.

His mother, waiting in the car, heard gunshots and saw her son seemingly get down out of the way.

She thought he was trying to dodge the bullets, but then noticed he wasn’t moving and found he’d been shot in the head.

“The thing that’s so bad is, we were all supposed to be out of town on a trip,” grandfather Ayala said, “but we decided to cancel it because the COVID cases were so bad.

The family canceled the trip to be safe and Davon gets shot and killed.

Mayor Bowser announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of those responsible.

“The public’s help is dire in bringing to justice the perpetrators of the horrendous killing of 11-year old Davon McNeal,” the mayor said in a tweet.

Atlanta shooting

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms also asked people to forward with information after an 8-year-old girl was shot Saturday night near the Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks was killed last month.

“I am asking you to please honor this baby’s life. Please, if you know who did this, please turn them in,” Bottoms said at a news conference this past Sunday, July 5th.

“We’re fighting the enemy within when we are shooting each other up in our streets,” the mayor said.

Secoriea Turner was riding in a vehicle with her mother and an adult friend downtown. The driver was attempting to enter a parking lot where a group of people had illegally placed barricades, and someone in the group opened fire on the vehicle, according to police, striking Turner.

Mayor Bottoms wants people to have the same passion for ending community violence that they have for police reform, she said.

“We’ve had over 75 shootings in the city over the past several weeks,” Bottoms said. “You can’t blame that on (the Atlanta Police Department).”

Police are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the girl’s killers.

Alabama mall shooting 

In Alabama, police arrested a suspect in the shooting death of an 8-year-old at the Riverchase Galleria mall in Hoover, south of Birmingham, on Friday, according to the Hoover Police Department.

It’s the same mall where police killed Emantic Bradford Jr. on Thanksgiving night 2018.

Montez Moses Miracle Coleman, 22, of Birmingham was arrested in the death of Royta De’Marco Giles, 8, police reported.

He was being held Sunday in the Jefferson County Jail on one charge of murder and three counts of assault, police said.

Chicago shooting

A 7-year-old girl playing with children in Chicago were among the victims of gun violence over the July 4th weekend.

The senseless violence comes as shootings and homicides in US cities.

The girl in Chicago was visiting her grandmother in the Austin neighborhood Saturday evening, playing with other children, when a car pulled up and three people got out and opened fire on a group of people, the Chicago Police Department said.

The 7-year-old was shot in the head and died at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago police reported.

NYPD officers’ victims of shootings

Gun violence also shook New York over the holiday weekend, with at least 34 shooting incidents affecting 51 victims, according to New York Police Department statistics.

In one incident, two officers were injured when a bullet struck the front windshield of a patrol vehicle in the Bronx before midnight Saturday, the NYPD reported.

We here at Grace and Truth are praying vehemently for the families grieving and mourning at this time for the loss of our children.

The amazing late Whitney Houston sang the words we’d like to leave with all reading this tragic news in our nation.

“The Greatest Love of all”

I believe the children are our are future teach them well and let them lead the way, Show them all the beauty they possess inside. Give them a sense of pride to make it easier, let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be. Everybody searching for a hero People need someone to look up to, I never found anyone who fulfill my needs. A lonely place to be and so I learned to depend on me. I decided long ago Never to walk in anyone’s shadows If I fail, if I succeed at least I’ll live as I believe, no matter what they take from me they can’t take away my dignity. Because the greatest Love of all is happening to me I found the greatest love of all inside of me. The greatest love of all Is easy to achieve Learning to love yourself It is the greatest love of all!!

Special thanks!

Pastor James Baker, Jr. and our leadership team are especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of July 2020, by partnering with us in efforts to advance the kingdom of God in this 21st century season: Special thanks to Ms. Cynthia Waiters-Artis, Ms. Annette Straker, Ms. Rita McGuffin, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Ms. Darlene Simmons,  Ms. Mable Bazemore, Ms. Evelyn Rosado, Ms. Itholear Abbott,  Mrs. Barbara Mason,  Ms. Theresa Lewis, Ms. Ashley Baker, Ms. Judith Battle, Ms. Angela Battle, Ms. Evonne Bazemore, Mr. William Jones, Ms. Michelle Rosa, Mrs. Lola Moore, Ms. Angie Scraders-Murphy, Mr. Calvin Jackson, Mrs. Angela Harrison, Mrs. Robin Baker, Ms. Sylvia Sumpter, and Ms. Gertrude Scott.

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