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Jaslyn Adams: 7-Year-Old Shot & Killed In McDonald’s Drive-Thru

It’s reported that 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams was with her father when they were violently ambushed in a McDonald’s drive-thru.

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Investigators in Chicago are still searching for suspects responsible for the callous death of a seven-year-old girl. On Sunday (April 18) afternoon, it’s reported that Jaslyn Adams was with her 29-year-old father, Jontae Adams, in a McDonald’s drive-thru when they were both ambushed during a violent attack.

jaslyn adams murder 2A McDonald’s employee reportedly told authorities that as Jaslyn and her father sat inside of their vehicle, two men surfaced out of a nearby car and opened fire on the father-daughter pair. Multiple shots, upwards of 50 claims some reports, were fired at the family before the assailants fled the scene.

It has been stated that Jaslyn Adams was hit multiple times throughout her body while Jontae received injuries to his torso. When officers arrived at the scene, they didn’t wait for emergency responders; they immediately grabbed Jaslyn and loaded her into their SUV for faster transport to Stroger Hospital. When they arrived, staffers pronounced the seven-year-old dead.

Her father reportedly remains hospitalized and is recovering, although his condition is listed as serious.

“Please put the guns down,” said Jaslyn’s aunt, Tawny McMullen. “My eight-year-old baby says she doesn’t want to go out and play because she is scared that she is going to be shot.”

Lawanda McMullen, Jaslyn’s grandmother, told reporters that immediately after being shot, her son called her. “I was frantic and he was frantic. He could not breathe on the phone. He just kept saying, ‘Mom, come get me, they just shot up my baby,'” she revealed. “He couldn’t breathe on the phone. He was just like, ‘Ma, come get me, they shot my baby, they shot my baby up.’ They said she came in with no pulse. [They] opened up her chest and did chest compressions but could not get her back.”

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot acknowledged Jaslyn’s tragic death in a tweet. “I am heartbroken and angered that a 7-year-old child was killed this afternoon on Chicago’s West Side. This unthinkable act of violence has no place here. The epidemic of gun violence cutting our children’s lives short cannot go on.”

Police continue in their search for suspects. The Daily Mail reports that Jontae Adams has previous drug arrests and was, at one time, accused of being involved in gang-related activities. According to the outlet, police suspect that he was the intended target. At the time of this publication, authorities have not issued a statement regarding their immediate findings or suspicions.

I send my sincerest condolences to Jaslyn Adams’s loved ones during this difficult time. She is our sister and her life matters.


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Saniyya Dennis, 19, Was Last Seen Leaving Campus In New York

Her father, famed rapper 40 Cal, has been pleading for help in search efforts.

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Outside of my work here at Our Black Girls, I have a longstanding career as an entertainment journalist, specifically in the Hip Hop and Rap industries. Whenever something occurs that affects members of those communities, I’m personally connected because many of us in Hip Hop consider ourselves to be a family of some sort, whether we know each other or not. I’m here to share the story of Saniyya Dennis, the 19-year-old daughter of rapper 40 Cal, real name Calvin Byrd, who was reported missing earlier this week from New York. Her family has been vocal about their frustrations with authorities because, they say, not enough is being done in the search efforts. (more…)

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