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*UPDATE* Secoriea Turner, 8, Was Shot & Killed While In A Car With Her Mother

An innocent life lost.

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Secoriea Turner Murder Atlanta

Reporting on the death of anyone is always tragic, but discussing the callous murder of a child is even more difficult. Atlanta investigators are tirelessly searching for suspects that they claim shot and killed eight-year-old Secoriea Turner while she was inside of a vehicle with her mother. They had just finished celebrating the 4th of July holiday at a relative’s house when they were headed home. *UPDATE* Please see the end of this article for the update to this case.

According to reports, Secoriea Turner was riding in a vehicle with her mother and another adult. They were driving in Atlanta, Georgia near the site where Rayshard Brooks was recently gunned down by police in the parking lot of Wendy’s fast-food restaurant. Following that shooting, the Wendy’s was burned to the ground and people began to riot in the area. Since that time, there has continued to be civil unrest near that location.

The vehicle Secoreia and the others were in came upon a makeshift blockade as a group of people were barring cars from entering. When the vehicle attempted to navigate around the group of people, someone in the blockade opened fire on the car, killing the eight-year-old. The Kipp Ways Primary School third-grader loved spending time making TikTok videos and wanted to be a nurse when she grew up. Her mother said she had a love of helping people in need.

“That was my baby,” said Secoriea’s mother Charmaine Turner. “This was my only daughter. She was so loving. Her skin just glowed. She was always happy and just full of joy.” She recalled the moment she lost her baby. “I just felt her trying to hold on, but she couldn’t. Nobody helped me. I prayed to God and He didn’t help me. My baby died in my arms.”

“I will miss her smile. I miss her saying ‘mmhmm.’ I wish I could hear her say that one more time. I will miss calling her to come in the house,” the little girl’s father, Secoriey Williamson said.

Nearby video surveillance footage shows two men with guns, both of whom police are desperate to speak to. You can see images of them in the video below. There is a reward for information leading to an arrest and at the time of this publication, it stands at $20,000.

Media mogul Tyler Perry has offered to cover the funeral costs to help alleviate any more stress on an already grieving family.

You can visit the Secoriea Turner Memorial Fund GoFundMe page here. May her killers be brought to justice. I send my heartfelt condolences to Secoriea’s loved ones.

*UPDATE*

Julian Conley, 19, has turned himself in to police. The teenager was named as a suspect after his photo circulated online and he remains in custody, charged with aggravated assault and felony murder. Conley claims he is not the person responsible for Secoriea’s death, but he was armed and at the scene. According to Conley, there were three or four others who opened fire on the vehicle Secoriea was riding in, but he doesn’t know who they are. Conley maintains his innocence.


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2020s

Dr. Susan Moore Accused Hospital Of Racism, Clinic Claims Staff “May Have Been Intimidated”

She contracted COVID-19, was hospitalized, & died weeks later.

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A seven-minute video captured the attention of a global audience and now a hospital is attempting to defend itself against accusations of discrimination. Dr. Susan Moore, 52, shared that she’d tested positive for COVID-19 back on November 29. By December 4, Dr. Moore was in the hospital being treated for her symptoms. She revealed that she’d informed the staff at Indiana University Health North that she was troubled because she was reportedly experiencing abnormal levels of pain. Instead of treatment, Dr. Moore stated that the hospital staff minimized her pain and dismissed her concerns. She believed that the way she was being treated was because she was Black. Historically, physicians were taught the falsehood that Black people have a higher pain tolerance and therefore didn’t need as much help with their pain as other ethnicities.

Dr. Susan Moore“You have to show proof that you have something wrong with you in order for you to get the medicine,” said Moore. “I put forth, and I maintain, that if I was White, I wouldn’t have to go through that.”

Finally, Moore underwent a CT scan and doctors were able to take a look at her lungs. She was reportedly told that she could be prescribed narcotics and eventually, she was discharged from the facility. Moore continued to document her recovery on Facebook where she shared that she had to be readmitted to another hospital.

“I was home for less than 12 hours. Spiked a temperature of 103 and my blood pressure plummeted to 80/60 with a heart rate of 132. I’m back in the hospital, a different hospital Saint Vincent Carmel,” Moore wrote in the updated caption to her post. “Those people were trying to kill me. Clearly everyone has to agree they discharge me way too soon. They are now treating me for a bacterial pneumonia as well as Covid pneumonia. I am getting very compassionate care. They are offering me pain medicine.”

On Dec. 20, Dr. Susan Moore reportedly succumbed to illnesses related to COVID-19 and passed away.

Indiana University Health North has faced heavy criticism since Moore shared her video, including scathing comments and op-ed pieces from respected medical professionals who condemned them for potentially engaging in discriminatory behavior with their patients. In response, IU Health North’s President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis M. Murphy released a lengthy statement where he attempted to defend the health center while also expressing regret over Dr. Moore’s complaints.

“I am even more saddened by the experience she described in the video. It hurt me personally to see a patient reach out via social media because they felt their care was inadequate and their personal needs were not being heard. I also saw several human perspectives in the story she told – that of physicians who were trying to manage the care of a complex patient in the midst of a pandemic crisis where the medical evidence on specific treatments continues to be debated in medical journals and in the lay press. And the perspective of a nursing team trying to manage a set of critically ill patients in need of care who may have been intimidated by a knowledgeable patient who was using social media to voice her concerns and critique the care they were delivering. All of these perspectives comprise a complex picture. At the end of the day, I am left with the image of a distressed patient who was a member of our own profession—one we all hold dear and that exists to help serve and better the lives of others. These factors make this loss doubly distressing.”

Many have taken issue with this particular portion of the statement because he mentions that the staff “may have been intimidated” because Dr. Moore was “knowledgeable.” Critics have noted that far too often, Black women have been labeled “intimidating” for nothing more than being who they are. To suggest that Dr. Moore was “intimidating” a nursing and doctoral staff because she, too, was a physician has rubbed some the wrong way.

Murphy defended his staff but noted that they may have lacked compassionate care. You can read through the entirety of his statement here.

I offer my sincerest condolences to Dr. Susan Moore’s loved ones. She was our sister and her life mattered.

I hope that all of you are staying safe and exercising all proper precautions during this pandemic.

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