‘It’s Got to Stop’: Atlanta’s Mayor Decries a Surge of Violence as a Girl Is Killed

Published: July 7, 2020  Updated: July 7, 2020 at 7:38 am EST

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.”

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