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‘Protect Your Children’: Family of 11-year-old boy shot dead in Dallas calls for peace

“Please people! Stop killing each other! I never thought that I would stand here and do this for one of my children,” said Lois Williams.

DALLAS. An investigation into the murder of an 11-year-old boy in an apartment complex in Dallas continues.

Police have arrested a 14-year-old girl in connection with the shooting that took place at Signature’s Southern Oaks apartment on Sunday afternoon. Investigators said the victim, De’Ewan McFall, was a bystander.

“I don’t want anyone else to feel like this. I don’t. Protect your children at all costs. You cannot get them back. I will never see my son again,” cried the boy’s mother Vasante Settles.

McFall’s family and friends gathered outside the apartment complex for a press conference on Monday afternoon.

“Please people! Stop killing each other! I never thought I’d be standing here doing this for one of my little ones,” said the boy’s emotional grandmother, Lois Williams.

Investigators said McFall was in the area when a pair of teenage girls got into a violent fight. According to neighbors, one of the girls ran for a gun and fired several shots. McFall was wounded and later died in hospital.

Police said the 14-year-old girl who shot McFall fled the scene.

“It’s terrible to see a child lying on the ground in a pool of blood, just lifeless, just lying there,” said one neighbor, reflecting on the shooting.

McFall’s family members have said they know the family of the girl who is accused of killing him. They said that their families are closely related because they grew up together.

The tragedy raises many questions among residents. Some community residents want to know about youth access to guns.

Police have not yet confirmed where the weapons came from. However, investigators said they found a gun and arrested the child who shot McFall.

Some neighbors in the complex say that fights between young people often occur on the territory. They want responsible adults to get involved.

“I know the police, they have their own job. They cannot be everywhere. But these parents need to do something with their children. They are disobedient and not disciplined. This goes on all the time,” another neighbor said.

Concerned residents and McFall’s family said they did not want another tragedy like this to happen to anyone else.

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