ATLANTA — Activists with Black Lives Matter had a vision for what the scorched remains of a Wendy’s restaurant could become: The Rayshard Brooks Peace Center, a gathering place in Atlanta with job training, counseling and youth programs that would be a living memorial named for the man whose fatal encounter with the police transformed the fast-food eatery into the heart of the city’s turmoil.
But the lofty aspirations have been clouded by continuing violence. On Saturday, an 8-year-old girl, Secoriea Turner, was gunned down, the authorities said, after an armed group stopped her family’s car nearby.
“You killed your own — you killed your own this time,” her father, Secoriya Williamson, said at a news conference on Sunday night. “You killed a child. She didn’t do nothing to nobody.”