“It’s too close to home:” North Memphis family thankful after bullet narrowly misses 11-year-old daughter, father

“It’s too close to home,” North Memphis family thankful after bullet narrowly misses 11-year-old dau

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two weeks into 2021 and two children have been killed by gun violence.

On January 5th, a 10-year-old was shot and killed on Howell Ave.

A week later and a 14-year-old boy was shot and killed in Raleigh.

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Joe and Yolanda Elliott live two minutes from where the 10-year-old was killed in North Memphis.

On Saturday, Elliott’s told FOX13 there was a shooting a few blocks from their house on Hunter Ave. They were sitting in bed watching a movie when a bullet shot into the house.

“The bullet was lined up to come directly at me and daughter,” said Joe Elliott.

A dresser kept the bullet from hitting Joe and his 11-year-old daughter.

The Elliotts told FOX13 in the two years they have lived in their home, they constantly hear gunshots.

“I can’t sleep, cause I’m not knowing what could happen,” said Yolanda.

“You don’t know if you’re going to wake up in the morning with bullets coming through the wall,” said Joe.

Now, the Elliotts are working on a music rally to bring the community together.

A lot of things are uncertain because of COVID-19, but Joe is hoping that hearing music and stories from families that have lost loved ones to gun violence can heal the community.

“Music brings everyone together. If we can get some family members, friends of people who have lost loved ones to actually come out to the event and talk about how it’s impacted their lives and different things, I think that will make a big difference,” said Joe. “Our first step is bringing people together. We can’t stop everybody, we can’t help everybody or anything like that, but I just want to help one person if I can.”

Anyone who wants to help with the community music rally can contact Joe at 662-613-1766 or email him at joejoe197055@gmail.com.