MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A little boy was shot and killed in North Memphis. Witnesses on the scene tell FOX13 he was just 12 years old and the murder happened near a neighborhood store.
Memphis Police have not released a motive or information about a suspect as detectives try to solve another case of a young life cut short by violence.
The boy’s family, filled with emotion, anger and grief, gathered outside Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital for answers about the shooting on Looney Avenue.
This boy’s death marks the 30th juvenile victim to die from violence in Memphis this year. 23 of those young lives murdered.
“Our kids are dying at an alarming rate and we are not frustrated,” said Stevie Moore, Memphis anti-crime activist.
He is frustrated that city, community leaders and people who live near the killing were not as angry as he was.
Moore told FOX13, “We got this old thing about snitches get stitches. But there is no such thing as snitching when you are trying to save your neighborhood.”
The shooting happened in the 800 block of Looney. It is the same area that another juvenile was murdered in December 2019.
“We see our young babies getting killed and nobody seems to care," Moore said. "That is my problem. We got to see something and say something.”
Moore runs Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives or F.F.U.N. His group is organizing a two-mile walk on November 14. It will start at the Shelby County Juvenile Court to Regional One Trauma Center and back to juvenile court.
“I got thirty to forty faith-based leaders coming out ready to say they stand with me and try to do something,” said Moore.
FOX13 asked Moore why he doesn’t think some faith-based leaders were not vocal about this issue before?
“I don’t know that is why I am calling them out,” he said. “Stand-up.”
The march comes as the Memphis Police, the district attorney and U.S. Marshals are offering a $50,000 reward to help solve the murders of children.
Moore said financial gain ought not to be the reason for people to help the police solve violent crimes against children. “Maybe that may work but what will not work if we don’t tell the value of telling young about saving one another,” he said.
F.F.U.N. will hold a news conference about the march Friday morning.
Moore hopes to have other marches around the city if he can get the support.
The child was identified as Ta’shun Hardrick by his football coach, Kevin Jones.
Hardrick was a student at Humes Middle School.
Memphis Police announced that the boy’s death was the result of a drive-by shooting.
The person or people responsible were in a red four-door car, possibly a Nissan, police believe.
There has still been no arrest made in this case.
Police are asking that if you have any information about this case to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.
This article has been updated with new information.
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