One St. Louis Man Stands Alone in Protesting Against the Death of Shot Child

In St. Louis, Missouri on August 18, Jamyla Bolden was sitting on her mother's bed, doing homework, when shots fired into the house. Her mother was hit in the leg, but Jamyla was injured more seriously and died soon after. Police have not yet arrested anyone for the incident. The streets of St. Louis recently saw huge protests for the shooting of Mansur Ball-Bey, but only one man came out to stand for the young victim.

On August 19, Shawn Williams walked around a busy St. Louis intersection with a cardboard sign that read "stand up 4 Jamyla Bolden." Williams does not even personally know Jamyla. Kimmy Brooks passed by Williams and in awe of his efforts, she publicized his protest on social media. On Facebook she posted, “This man is Shawn Williams. He is standing alone, walking around at the intersection of Page and Union. He wants justice for Jamyla. Many of us do. Yet he stands alone.” After that, another Facebook user, Eric Stillthesamesize Strickland, posted a video of Williams.

In the video, Williams stated “Shooting at little girls, shooting at people’s houses. Somebody don’t kill this little girl. It’s up to the community. If I have to stand out here all day, it’s up to people like me, to make somebody feel some type of way to go to the authorities and say ‘I know what happened.'" Hundreds gathered on August 20 for a vigil. Teressa Kindle, Bolden’s teacher at Koch Elementary, said “We have to keep thinking about the blessed opportunity we had to encounter her presence. Everyone knew her drive for success: academic success, behavioral success, any success — kickball success, jump rope success.”

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