Laylah Washington died Tuesday at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. The 2-year-old was shot in the head when an unidentified male, who reportedly had road rage, got into a verbal altercation with Laylah’s mother. Memphis police have released video footage and images of “persons of interest.” While the authorities look for the people responsible for an innocent child’s death, the entire city is angry that gun violence has stolen another precious life.
According to Local Memphis, Washington was taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital on Sunday night. Hooked up to a ventilator, doctors told the family that Laylah was brain dead. Loved ones gathered around her hospital bed to say goodbye and two days later, she passed away.
Memphis police say that they are looking for at least one shooter. Driving a black Chevy Impala on Kirby Parkway, he shot multiple rounds into the vehicle. The reason for the violence was simply because Laylah’s mother asked them to stop driving crazy in the parking lot. Filled with rage, the gunman followed the vehicle, which was carrying Laylah, her mother, and two brothers. Then, they started shooting, sending a bullet to the two-year-old’s head.
WREG News Channel 3 Memphis published a written statement from Mayor Jim Strickland.
“I am heartbroken that gun violence has claimed the life of Laylah Washington. This only makes me more determined to reduce gun violence. It’s why I’m doing everything in my power to bring our police staff back to compliment, and why I lobbied the state legislature so hard for tougher sentencing laws for gun crimes. In the Shelby County DA and U.S. attorney will use the maximum state and federal laws to prosecute violent offenders. I am fed up. I know you’re fed up. I will keep working to make Memphis safer.”
On Facebook, the Memphis Police Department posted video surveillance that shows the gunman’s vehicle. It can be seen following the victim’s car and although the images are not crystal clear, someone may recognize the vehicle or its occupants.
Authorities are searching for four black males that were in that car. Law enforcement is also asking for anyone who was in the area when the verbal altercation took place to speak to police. Additionally, authorities have posted several photos of vehicles and individuals that are “persons of interest.” They believe that these people might have information because they were near the area at the time of the incident.
If anyone has information on Laylah Washington’s murder, contact Crime Stoppers at 901-582-CASH or text CRIMES and type in the keyword “AWARD.” You can also go the website to submit a tip online. Callers will be kept anonymous and will receive a secret ID number. If an arrest is made, tipsters could receive a $1,000 reward.
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