Shooting death of 16-year-old brings up new safety concerns
Apr 09, 2012Shalonda and baby from her Facebook
http://www.kctv5.com/story/17368567/...afety-concernsKANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
The shooting death of a 16-year-old girl is bringing up new safety concerns in one Kansas City neighborhood.
Shalonda Jackson was found shot to death inside a convenience store last Wednesday at East 51st Street and Walrond Avenue.
Police say she was outside the store and collapsed inside the doorway, where she died.
No one has been arrested.
Now, people in the neighborhood are trying to make the area safer.
"She was just my little cutup, but she was my baby, she always called me Granny," Jackson's grandmother Dessie Morrison said."She also had a little boy, he would follow her around everywhere calling her 'Momma.' She was just full of life."
Her grandmother and guardian says it is tragic and she will be missed. And her death sends a strong message.
"Never be walking alone. You know, always have someone with you and as I say, always be aware of your surroundings," Morrison said.
And the community at the complex continues reeling from the loss of Jackson. She was one of dozens of kids who live there with their grandparents.
The families living under difficult circumstances are now dealing with tragedy.
"There is just too much violence out there, we have too many young kids just being killed for no reason at all," resident Rose Stigger said.
Stigger is raising her granddaughters and says Jackson's death is a pointed example that safety comes first.
And they have a message for their loved ones.
"Try not to be alone, at least be together, watch your surroundings, be careful who you talk to and everything like that, that is what they need to do," Stigger said.
Police say the investigation continues as they work to find the shooter in this case.
Prosecutors: Man charged in teen's murder had threatened her on Facebook
April 10 2012
http://www.kshb.com/dpp/news/crime/m...#ixzz1rmZI9Rj0KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A man charged with a teenager's murder had been threatening his victim on a social networking site.
The information became public Tuesday when Jackson County prosecutors charged DeQuan Hawkins with the shooting death of Shalonda Jackson.
Police found the 16-year-old Jackson shot to death April 4 just inside the doorway of a convenience store in the 3200 block of East 51st Street.
Moments after the murder, a family member told detectives a person they knew as "Quan Quan'' had made threats to Shalonda on Facebook.
Detectives also were told Hawkins lived near the store.
Jackson walked by Hawkins on her way out of the store just before she was shot, according to a witness. She said something to Hawkins and was shot.
A check of Facebook revealed Hawkins used the profile name of Quanquan Fiveone, according to court documents.
He made his first court appearance Tuesday morning.
April 11 2012
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47005068...-olds-slaying/Kansas City police said a 20-year-old man was arrested in connection with a teenager's slaying last week. Investigators said the teen's death may have been the result of a dispute on Facebook.
DeQuan Hawkins was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action.
On April 4, police were called to a convenience store at 3201 East 51st St. Witnesses said Shalonda S. Jackson, 16, collapsed in the store's doorway after she was shot outside.
According to court records, family members told detectives that Jackson had been having an ongoing confrontation with a man named Quan-Quan. Family members told police that Quan-Quan had been making threats toward Jackson on Facebook, court documents stated.
"She was arguing with her boyfriend and then here comes this other guy jumping in, you know? OK, why are you arguing with a 16-year-old little girl?" said her sister, Ciarrica Holly.
"That was senseless for my child (to die) over an argument on Facebook," said Jackson's mother, Audrey Smith. "The person who took my baby's life didn't even really have nothing to do with it." .
Investigators said they were able identify Hawkins using the Facebook profile name of "Quanquan Fiveone." Police said he had no other connection to her except that he was a friend of her boyfriend.
Family members said they are disappointed that Hawkins was charged with second-degree murder. They said they believe the shooting was premeditated and that Jackson was lured to her death.
"It was premeditated murder. They planned it, all of them. They know who they are," Holly said.
"My baby's dead, I think he should die in jail, I think he should spend the rest of his life in jail," Audrey Smith said.
Jackson was one of 13 children in her family. Her sister, Chira Smith, said she was always full of joy.
"She loved her family," Chira Smith said. "(She) loved to be around her family. She, most of all, loved to go shopping and get her hair and nails done."
Jackson's family said they plan to attend every hearing in the case until Shalonda's killer is brought to justice. They said a memorial fund has been set up to help pay for funeral expenses.
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