The father of an 8-year-old who was shot and killed in Atlanta over Fourth of July weekend issued a strong message to Black Lives Matter activists following his daughter’s death.
Secoriea Turner was shot and killed Saturday when a group opened fire on a car she was in near a Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed. Her parents, Secoriya Williamson and Charmaine Turner, joined Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms during a Sunday night press conference, where Williamson addressed the Black Lives Matter movement.
“They say black lives matter,” Turner’s father said. “You killed your own. You killed your own this time. … They killed my baby because she crossed the barrier and made a U-turn. You killed a child. She didn’t do nothing to nobody,” he said.
“They didn’t give us time to make a U-turn,” Turner’s mother said. “They started shooting at my car before we could even make a U-turn. Shooting my tires out, like why?”
“They say Black Lives Matter. You killed your own.” Secoriya Williamson, father of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner, addressed the public during a press conf. today after his daughter was shot and killed last night while riding in a car w/ her mother in Southeast Atlanta. @11AliveNews pic.twitter.com/odowRbSXsq
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July 5, 2020
“But black lives matter,” the father then said.
“Killing your own,” the father added. “You killed an 8-year-old child. She ain’t did nothing to not one of y’all. She just wanted to get home to see her cousin. That’s all she wanted to do. She wanted to get home.”
Turner was in the car with her mother and a friend driving near the fast-food restaurant where Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by a police officer on June 12 after failing a sobriety test and aiming a Taser at responding officers.
Turner’s mother attempted to pull into a parking lot near the Wendy’s, but the area was cordoned off following weeks of protests and riots. A group then approached the car and opened fire on them, according to police.
During the press conference, Bottoms denounced the surge in crime amid the protests and riots that have popped up across the country in recent weeks to denounce systemic racism and police brutality.
“Enough is enough,” Bottoms said. “Enough is enough. We have talked about this movement that’s happening across America and this moment in time when we have the ears and the interests of people across this country and across this globe who are saying they want to see change. But the difference in this moment in time with the civil rights movement — the civil rights movement, there was a defined, common enemy. We’re fighting the enemy within when we are shooting each other up on our streets.”
“You shot and killed a baby,” she added. “And there wasn’t just one shooter. There were at least two shooters. An 8-year-old baby. If you want people to take us seriously, and you don’t want us to lose this movement, then we can’t lose each other.”