Upon a South Carolina summer night, Ja’Naiya Scott sat her family couch, joined with her sister and cousin.
She had moved on from Whitehall Elementary and looked combined with the remainder of her lifetime.
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More than 35 shots interrupted the late morning , hammering and hospitalizing cousin and her sister and, reluctantly, end the life of 11-year-old Ja’Naiya.
The tragedy, which happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday from the town of Anderson, struck home with Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson in more ways than one.
“It could have been my little sister,” Lawson said Wednesday via The Greenville News. “I’ve got a little sister around that era, and it could have been among my family .”
In the aftermath of Ja’Naiya’s murder, Lawson has vowed to cover the funeral.
A three-season veteran with the Bills, Lawson grew up in South Carolina, attending D.W. Daniel High before enjoying at Clemson.
Lawson reportedly reached out to speak Ja’Naiya’s mom, with Marshella Rice.
“I know that her heart was hurting,” Lawson explained. “I was speechless I could not saying anything. I felt for her pain. I felt the pain. I felt I could help out, I was going to do this. It struck my heart.”
Struck by a bullet in her shoulder, the subclavian artery of Ja’Naiya was severed and she died in the emergency area.
The shots were ignored by an unidentified assailant with no suspects having been named and no charges have been filed.
“Whoever did this must come forward and tell the truth,” Lawson said. “And whomever is hiding, it’s wrong that you’re hiding. This is. It’s just pointless killing people. She was at home, a place she was supposed to be safe.”
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