A little six year old girl rarely knows anything about the issues that plague the African American community. Born in 2008, Angel Hooper was only thinking about candy on the day she was killed. But unfortunately for the poor child, she was born in the southern part of Kansas City, where black people dying is as common as the sun rising every morning.
“Her name, Angel, it really fit her. She was just so sweet. She loved to sing and dance,” said Charity Guinn, Angel’s mother.
Angel was the victim of a stray bullet, and her death has renewed calls to stop the violence in the city. Many of the guns used to kill blacks are obtained from underground economies, with the guns leaking from white-owned gunshops seeking another way to make money. The problems can be stopped, but the flow of guns has to become a priority for politicians. Read more:
Those who knew the little girl, and even strangers, gathered Saturday outside the gas station where Angel was hit by a bullet Friday night as she and her father were buying snacks, including fulfilling Angel’s wish for bubble gum. Signs were held up urging an end to gun violence in Kansas City.
The shooting was reported about 7:15 p.m. Friday at the 7-Eleven store at 107th Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard.
A vehicle drove by and someone inside fired shots at the store, Police Chief Darryl Forte said. In addition to the little girl and her father, others were in the parking lot.
“Before he could grab her and take her to the ground, she was already on the ground. She passed away,” her mother said.
The girl was rushed to the hospital but she died from there injuries.
Forte personally asked those responsible to turn themselves in.
“Tragic at any age,” he said.
Police have not said whether anyone at the convenience store was the intended target.
“I just feel like none of this is real. She took the bullet for someone else and now she’s not here,” Guinn said.
Protestors joined the grieving mother to show their support and ask for a witness to come forward.
“It really means a lot,” Guinn said. “I don’t know any of these people. It really means a lot.”