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‘Shot my child in his head’: Mother of 11-year-old boy fatally shot by 9 year old at Dallas Walmart speaks out
Tragic details are emerging from Sunday's fatal shooting of an 11-year old boy by a 9-year old boy while the children and another 11-year old friend were left in a car at a Dallas Walmart. The mother of the other 11-year old, who is not the victim, reportedly left the three children in the car to go into the store.
The 9-year old, according to reports, found a gun and shot one of the 11-year olds. KDFW reports the victim was Dazmon Ray Brown Jr. (photo).
His grieving mother, Keyamber Matlock, says, "The youngest brother I guess ended up getting it off the safety and shot my child in his head."
Dallas Police have not released any details and have not said if charges against the woman who left the children in the car will be filed.
Attorney and former prosecutor Russel Wilson, who is not involved in the case, "says the mom who left the kids in the car could face a charge of making a firearm accessible to a child or child endangerment if she knew a gun was in there. But given the magnitude of the tragedy, he's unsure if charges will be brought forward."
Matlock and Dazmon's aunt, Theresa Edwards, "want people to pray for the child who shot their loved one as well as that child's family," KDFW reports.
"Because I know they feel like everybody hate them," Matlock said.
Edwards adds, "there's also a child that's hurting, too."
Analysts on CNN reacted with shock on Tuesday at the first witnesses called by attorneys for former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who is accused of murdering George Floyd in 2020.
CNN's Laura Coates spoke out following the testimony of Michelle Moseng, a former paramedic who treated Floyd in 2019. Earlier in the morning, former officer Scott Creighton testified about Floyd's unrelated drug arrest in 2019.
"What is this?" Coates asked during a break in the trial. "That's my reaction. Is this the best that you have for what happened over the last two weeks? You've got your first witness who says that George Floyd was compliant. He's a former officer who actually had an encounter with George Floyd."
"You have a paramedic who says that his heart was normal, his respiratory system was normal, his EKG was normal," she continued. "All of this so far has actually corroborated the prosecution's case. So I'm wondering, is there a point you're going to defend Derek Chauvin or are we going to have a regurgitation of what the jury has already seen, which is very compelling evidence that George Floyd was the victim and the decedent in this case, not an aggressor and not a drug overdose victim?"
Former Police Chief Charles Ramsey agreed with Coates.
"I don't know if it's going to improve," he said. "If it doesn't then this is not going to last very long in terms of the defense presentation. But you've had two witnesses now that really didn't contribute anything and condradict what the prosecution has put on. And they're talking about past events that have absolutely nothing to do with May 25th of last year."
"I don't get it," Ramsey added. "If I was the defendant, I would be a little nervous right now."
Watch the video below from CNN.
A GOP lawmaker in Maine is the target of backlash after calling COVID-19 the "China virus" in an email to an Asian-American woman, the Bangor Daily News reports. The Republican is quoting scripture to defend himself.
State Rep. Michael Lemelin responded to an email from Krista Gerrity who expressed concern over Republican lawmakers who want to loosen coronavirus restrictions. In his response, Lemelin called the virus the "China virus." He also called for children to return to school without masks.
Speaking to Newscenter Maine, Gerrity said that she and her children have seen the increase in racist attacks on Asian Americans and that using such language propagates "more hatred, more fear, more xenophobia."
Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives Ryan Fecteau, a Democrat, slammed Lemelin's comments as "racist," adding that his words are are "totally beneath the office which he holds."
But Lemelin is making no apologies. When asked to comment, he quoted a Bible passage where Jesus said, "If I said something wrong, testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?"
"It is a wise man who rules Covid, and a fool who is ruled by Covid," Lemelin said. "We are being ruled by Covid."
Watch a report on the story from Newscenter Maine below:
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