Natasha Christopher says that had the man who shot her son in the head been Stop and Frisked, her son, Akeal (pictured), would be alive today, the New York Post reports.
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A 15-year-old 10th-grader, Akeal was shot after a graduation party on June 27 after gunmen accused him of being connected to a local gang in Bushwic, Brooklyn. He died on July 10. Christopher says she did everything she could to protect her son from violence. For one, he had a strict 5 p.m. curfew. Though she says that he was staying with his father at the time he was shot. He is not as strict, The Post reports the mom as saying.
She describes the day her son died as the worst day of her life and wished that God had taken her instead. The gun violence that has been taking the lives of young Black males across the is real, she says. “We have to try something. There are too many shootings, too many stray bullets, too many young people being shot. I hate to watch the news.”
Christopher, 37, has two more sons, 11 and 5. The streets will not get them, she vows.
Akeal’s room has gone untouched since he died nine days ago. “It’s hard to go in there, even to be in the house. It’s like he is everywhere. My life is never going to be the same again,” she said.
Though more than 90 percent of those stopped under the New York Police Department’s controversial “Stop And Frisk” program are either Black or Latino, this fact has not dissuaded Christopher from believing the tactic could have saved her son’s life.
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“My son is gone because of an illegal gun on the street,” Christopher told The Post, whose eldest son, Akeal, died on his birthday. “If they had frisked the person who killed my son, it would have been one less gun on the streets. I’m for it,” she declared.
Akeal’s wake is today at 3 p.m. in Brooklyn.