13-year-old Zarrie Trotter, who appeared in an award-winning anti-violence video was shot in the back by a stray bullet, on Friday, on Chicago's West Side, just a half-mile away from both his school and home. He is currently in critical condition. The video featured several other young Black boys who discussed their feelings regarding the gun violence epidemic that has gripped their city in recent years.
According to the Chicago Tribune Trotter was shot in the lower back, close to his spine, at approximately 8:30 pm.
Burrell Communications, the group that created the video shared their words of condolences and prayer for Trotter, as he fights for his life in hospital. The video was awarded an Advocacy Media Award in 2013.
Watch the video that features a younger Trotter saying, "I don't want to live around my community where I got to keep on hearing, and hearing, people keep on getting shot, people keep on getting killed."
Trotter's Catalyst Circle Rock Charter school principle spoke to the Tribune, saying, "Every morning he greets me with a big smile on his face, which makes me day." Adding, "He is a valued member of our school community. We love him. He's our child. We want him to get better."
The young boy's uncle, Malkey Cobb, said Trotter was walking home after playing basketball with his friends when he was hit. He add that it is "horrible that kids got shot up like this."
Trotter is yet another young boy who has been victimized by the horrific gun violence in Chicago.
(Photo: Black is Human via YouTube)