A 7-year-old girl who was shot during a violent altercation near Phipps Plaza in Atlanta has died.
The girl, named Kennedy Marie was hit by a stray bullet during the shootout as she was riding in a car with her family, over the Christmas holiday.
Rapper Jermaine Dupri blasted the gunman who shot the girl in an Instagram post and called on tougher policing to combat the surge of violence in Atlanta.
“If you really from the A, it’s time for us to come together and stop all this shooting s### at Lenox and now Phipps,” Jermaine Dupri tweeted before the girl tragically passed away from her injury. “The police need to get tougher, the profiling needs to go to code red and I can give a f### about y’all getting mad about me saying this. Lil kids getting shot is wack.”
So far, the gunman remains on the loose and the cops have offered a $15,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the shooter.
“Our hearts are broken by the senseless murder of Kennedy,” Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a statement. “While the Atlanta Police Department has significant leads in the apprehension of those responsible, it does not erase the pain felt when a beautiful, vibrant, and loving child is tragically taken from her family.”
Rapper Lil Scrappy called for an even more drastic punishment for the murder if the gunman is caught.
“Whoever did this need to be tortured and fed to some wild pigs,” Lil Scrappy said. “U n##### ain’t s### man I swear y’all n##### scary won’t go hit the right person you wanna jus shoot up s### dumb ass f#### need to b dealt with gsap, praying for peace,strength and comfort for her family, thank you God for taking her into your heart.”
In 2020, there have been over 155 homicides in Atlanta, making it the most deadly year in the city and over 20 years.
The murder of Kennedy Marie has caused division amongst members of Atlanta’s City Council. Councilmember Howard shook blasted the Bottoms Administration for the rising death rates in Atlanta.
“I don’t want to hear the word ‘uptick.’ Stop minimizing our concerns by telling us that ‘crime is up everywhere,’” Howard Shook said in a statement.
Rapper T.I. also reacted angrily to the news of Kennedy Marie’s death.