Baltimore 12-Year-Old Murdered

by Ayvaunn Penn,

Members of the Baltimore community gathered Monday night for a candle-light vigil remembering the life of now-deceased Sean Johnson. The crowd congregated near the spot where police said two people opened fire on Sean and three of his friends about a week ago. The other teens age 15, 18, and 19 survived the shooting, but Johnson — merely 12 years old — died at the hospital due to a shot to the chest.

One of Johnson’s neighbors entreated friends and family gathered at the vigil to pray for the victims and that the perpetrators turn themselves in. Trina Holmes, Johnson’s aunt, said, “Just turn yourself in, because you made a hole in our lives. Sean can’t be replaced, but he has made a lot of memories.”

Currently, police have not discovered a motive for the treacherous bullet spraying of these youth. No suspects have been taken into custody at this time. Sean’s funeral is to be held on Saturday.

Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer degreed in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, email submissions to ayvaunnpennspokenword at gmail dot com.


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