City leaders, local parents ask for answers after two children were killed Monday

MEMPHIS, tenn. — A 6-year-old girl and a teenager that was shot Monday evening have died, according to police.

The incident happened in the 6800 block of Kirby Mills Cove in Hickory Hill.

The teenager was listed in extremely critical condition, however, police said he passed away Wednesday morning.

The children have been identified as 6-year-old Ashlynn Luckett and 16-year-old Lequan Boyd.

Original Story: Two kids shot in potential drive-by shooting in Hickory Hill, police say

Luckett and Boyd were uncle and niece, a family spokesperson confirmed to FOX13.

We learned that both children attended Collierville schools. Luckett was a first grader at Sycamore Elementary and Boyd was a sophomore at the high school.

FOX13 spoke to parents whose children went to school with the teenager.

“All of us now we get an opportunity to sit in a car line and wait on our kids but it’s a parent not able to do that right now, it hurts as a parent because my girls mean the world to me,” said Andre Maxwell, a parent.

Memphis Police are still search for the person accused of shooting and killing the little girl and her uncle in the drive by shooting.

“One of my sisters has him on Snapchat and they’re really close,” said Ellie Goddard, sisters knew the teen. “He’s really funny. Like one sister he’s in all of her classes so he knows them really well so she’s taking it really hard.”

A spokesperson for Collierville Schools said the district’s response team offers support to students and employees.

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Maxwell is like many parents now, having to help his children cope with trauma. Maxwell’s teen attended school with the teen gunned down.

“You got to think about the parents that won’t see their kids and it’s most likely over something stupid, like senseless thing but it’s so much gun violence going on in the city that somebody needs to step up and do something,” he said.

Collierville Schools offer support to students as long as it’s needed.

They also cooperate with law enforcement.

A family spokesperson said in a statement: “The family is asking for everyone to respect their privacy as they make preparations to lay their loved ones to rest.”

Collierville Schools released a statement to FOX13:

It is with tremendous sadness that Collierville Schools announces the tragic deaths of two children enrolled in our district. In the past few hours, Collierville High School sophomore Lequan Dequez Boyd and his niece, Sycamore Elementary School first grader Ashlynn Denaé Luckett, both succumbed to gunshot injuries suffered on Monday in an apparent drive-by shooting in Memphis. To their families, we offer our sincerest condolences. Our crisis response team has begun offering necessary support to affected students and employees in our schools, and they will continue to do so for as long as necessary. Collierville Schools will cooperate fully with law enforcement officials in the hope that those responsible for these violent acts will be brought to justice and no longer allowed to threaten or endanger others. We echo the appeal for anyone with information pertaining to this tragedy to call CrimeStoppers of Memphis and Shelby County at 901-528-2274.

—  Jeff Jones, Chief of Staff

The killings have prompted reactions from city leaders, as well.

“I am grief-stricken by the outburst of senseless killings which have impacted our community," said Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr. in a tweet. "My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the bereaved and the entire community.”

Memphis mayor Jim Strickland asked for the public to help solve these latest homicides.

FOX13 spoke to Strickland about these latest incidents and he said, “Gun violence is way too prevalent throughout Memphis and throughout our country and these young children are paying the price for it.... Unfortunately there is evil in this world and that evil needs to be captured and punished and if somebody fires a weapon hurting a young person or any person we need to capture them. somebody out there knows who do did this, so we’ve asked them please... call Crime Stoppers and then we’ll take care of the rest.”