Jajuan Hubert Latham, 12, was shot and killed in Knoxville, Tenn., Saturday night. Police say Latham, who is the cousin of Zaevion Dobson, was an innocent bystander.
Police say Latham was sitting in the back seat of his father’s SUV at the Danny Mayfield Park when he suffered a gunshot wound to the head. He later died at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The Chevy Tahoe had several windows shot out, according to the Knoxville Police Department. Jajuan Latham was pronounced dead at 11 p.m.
Police say in a news release that a large number of people had gathered at the park when gunfire erupted between people attending a gathering and occupants of two vehicles driving by the park.
Police Chief David Rausch said at a press conference on Sunday that “there is a culture of violence surrounding gangs that has to change.” The KPD said the shooting was gang-related.
Jajuan is the cousin of Zaevion Dobson, a high school football player who was gunned down in December shielding friends from gunfire.