A 13-year-old girl from Chicago was showing her mother a new dance move at their West Side home on Saturday when a stray bullet came bursting through a window and struck the child in the neck, killing her.
Amaria Jones was one of more than 100 people who were shot, 14 of them fatally, between Friday evening and Monday morning in Chicago. Four of the victims who died were children, the youngest being just three years old.
Amaria’s mother, Lawanda Jones, told CBS Chicago her final memory of her daughter was seeing the girl reaching out with blood gushing from a bullet wound in her neck.
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Amaria Jones, 13, was dancing with her mother inside their Chicago apartment on Saturday night when a stray bullet came bursting through the window. She was fatally shot in the neck
Lawanda Jones said her last memory of her daughter is seeing her reaching out with blood gushing from the wound in her neck
Jones said before 9pm on Saturday, Amaria, the youngest of her five children, was showing her a dance routine she learned on the social media app TikTok when gunfire erupted outside their home in the 1000 block of North Leclaire Avenue in the South Austin section.
A bullet went through the window, pierced the family’s television and struck Amaria in the right side of her neck as she danced.
‘I turned around and I was looking for her and she was on the ground reaching out like this, holding her neck,’ Jones recalled the harrowing moment. ‘I was like, “What?! What?! What?!”’
Amaria was rushed to Stroger Hospital of Cook County, where she died about 30 minutes later.
Jones said her daughter loved to talk and dreamed of becoming an attorney, reported WLS-TV.
Gunfire erupted outside the Jones family home in the 1000 block of North Leclaire Avenue in the South Austin section before 9pm on Saturday
The shooting that claimed the 13-year-old’s life also injured two teenage boys who were sitting on the porch outside Jones’ home.
A 16-year-old boy was shot in the left leg and a 15-year-old suffered a wound in the lower back. Both were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition.
As of Thursday morning, no arrests have been made in connection to Amaria’s death.
Her mother, who lost a nephew to gun violence a year ago, called on the person to took Amaria’s life to come forward.
Just two hours before Amaria (left) was shot at home, three-year-old Mekhi James (right) was killed while riding in the backseat of his father’s car
Mekhi’s 27-year-old father was the intended target when someone fired shots at the vehicle, but he is not cooperating with detectives
Jones also expressed her condolences to other parents who lost children during the 72 hours of bloodshed over the Father’s Day weekend.
Just two hours before Amaria was shot, three-year-old Mekhi James was struck by gunfire and killed while riding in the backseat of his stepfather’s car a few blocks from the Jones residents.
The burst of homicidal violence comes nearly a month after Chicago had its deadliest Memorial Day weekend since 2015 as nine people were killed and another 27 wounded in shootings.