MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Across Memphis and Shelby County, at least 12 children have been victims of homicides so far this year.
Neighbors said the latest victim was a 13-year-old girl shot and killed overnight in a Southeast Shelby County apartment complex.
“There were a lot of kids out here. All my nieces and nephews were out here. They were just able to run and my baby wasn’t,” said Angela Stewart, Kelby Shorty’s grandma.
Seven-year-old Kelby Shorty was gunned down in front of his family members on the fourth of July.
“When you got out and saw all these kids, that should have been your halt spot. All you saw were women and children,” said Stewart.
This killing not only affected Shorty’s grandmother but also his cousins, who ran for cover as bullets rained down on them.
“Mental health doesn’t discriminate. It affects us all,” said Will Voss with Tennessee Voices, a non-profit that promotes mental health services.
Voss said there are short and long-term psychological effects kids may need to be addressed.
“Be it post-traumatic stress disorder, rates of high anxiety and overall fear,” said Voss.
The latest child killed was a 13-year-old girl, Monday night, according to neighbors at the Ashland Lakes Apartments in Shelby County. Deputies have not released any suspect information.
“I’m shocked. It’s always sad when you hear that it involves a child,” said Victoria Killabrew, who lives at the apartment complex.
A web of children must now cope with the loss of a family member or friend.
“That’s a lot of weight a parent has to carry and we want to make sure parents have the support they need to cope and help their children cope,” said Voss.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said you should contact them if you hear anything that could help lead them to the shooter.
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