Gun violence claiming more lives of American teens, children


October 14, 2021

Teresa Crawford, Associated Press

Amaria Jones's grave in Hillside, Ill,, is decorated for what would have been her 15th birthday on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. When a stray bullet pierced the window of a Chicago home in 2020, it hit and killed 13-year-old Amaria as she danced for her mother.

ST. LOUIS - Gun violence is killing an increasing number of American children, from toddlers caught in crossfires to teenagers gunned down in turf wars, drug squabbles or for posting the wrong thing on social media.

Shootings involving children and teenagers have been on the rise in recent years, and 2021 is no exception. Experts say idleness caused by the COVID-19 pandemic shares the blame with easy access to guns and disputes that too often end with gunfire.

LeGend Taliferro, a 4-year-old boy who loved dinosaurs and basketball, was sleeping on the floor in an apartment in Kansas City, Missouri, when he was shot on June 29, 2020. A man who had been involved in a dispute with LeGend's father is awaiting trial for second-degree murder. A probable cause statement said the suspected shooter had been trying to find LeGend's dad after that altercation.


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