Slain teen’s mom tells D.C. students there are 'other ways to deal with conflict’

Slain teen’s mom tells D.C. students there are “other ways to deal with conflict”

12/5/2021 2:14:00 PM

Slain teen’s mom tells D.C. students there are “other ways to deal with conflict”

The District's police chief met with city teens to discuss crime and violence at youth summit.

Advertisement200 people have been killedin the District this year, the most since 2003, and eight of the victims were juveniles. Police said in October that 24 juveniles had been arrested on murder charges in past two years and that 78 juveniles have been arrested in carjackings this year.

In an interview Saturday, McDuffie said the violence “is not small isolated events. It is happening in places across the District. This is a public health emergency, and we need to address it as such.”Story continues below advertisementAt the summit, Wallace, whose 17-year-old daughter Jamahri Sydnor was fatally struck by a stray bullet in August 2017, spoke of the heartbreak of losing a child. Wallace, who at the time was D.C. police sergeant investigating child abuse cases, told the teens the “decisions you make today impact the lives of everybody.”

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Friday night to implore, “We must demonstrate to children and young adults that there is hope, that here is value to life.” Advertisement 200 people have been killed in the District this year, the most since 2003, and eight of the victims were juveniles. Police said in October that 24 juveniles had been arrested on murder charges in past two years and that 78 juveniles have been arrested in carjackings this year. In an interview Saturday, McDuffie said the violence “is not small isolated events. It is happening in places across the District. This is a public health emergency, and we need to address it as such.” Story continues below advertisement At the summit, Wallace, whose 17-year-old daughter Jamahri Sydnor was fatally struck by a stray bullet in August 2017, spoke of the heartbreak of losing a child. Wallace, who at the time was D.C. police sergeant investigating child abuse cases, told the teens the “decisions you make today impact the lives of everybody.” Their classmates are murdered, then they take the SATs: How gun violence shapes academics Sydnor was about 10 days from enrolling as a freshman at Florida A&M University when she was struck by a bullet as she drove along Saratoga Avenue in Northeast Washington, returning home with her young nephew from getting a haircut for an upcoming wedding. Police said gunfire came from two assailants who hid in bushes and emerged to shoot at a group across the street. Wallace said her daughter was turning off a song on the radio with inappropriate lyrics she didn’t want her nephew to hear. “When she leaned forward,” Wallace said, “she caught a bullet in her head.” Advertisement