A Sweet 16 Celebration for The Shamoya McKenzie Foundation 3rd Annual Gala honoured Community Samaritans at the Eastwood Manor located in the Bronx.
Shamoya McKenzie was on top of the world as she left midday basketball practice on New Year’s Eve 2016. The 6-foot-2 middle-schooler had just learned she was moving up to the high school varsity and her mother had promised to buy her a new pair of sneakers and a new phone.
Mother and daughter chatted excitedly as they drove home through the narrow streets of Mount Vernon, New York. Before long, traffic slowed and a car cut them off. Then a guy got out and started shooting at a man down the block. “I heard the sound,” Nadine McKenzie recalled, “but I was able to drive off.” She pulled her aging Toyota Camry around the corner and glanced at her 13-year-old daughter, who was slumping toward her from the passenger’s seat.
McKenzie, an eighth-grader at Graham Elementary School, was taken to Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Mother of Shamoya McKenzie, Nadine McKenzie is supported by and a member of the grassroots organization Moms Demand Action. A movement of Americans who are fighting for gun sense laws. They are on the ground demanding stronger gun laws and loopholes that are currently jeopardizing the safety of our families.
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