6-Year-Old Pleads With Community To Stop Gun Violence in Viral Video: 'I'm Scared To Die'
St. Louis is number one on the most dangerous cities list.
A Missouri 6-year-old has gone viral after a video of him pleading with his community to stop gun violence was posted to Facebook.
Leanndra Cheatham, the mother of Jeffrey Laney, said she captured the heartbreaking video after she and her son returned home from a march against gun violence in St. Louis on Monday.
She said she was heartbroken by her son’s emotional response.
“I’m scared to die. I don’t want nothing to happen to all my family,” Jeffrey says in the video. “People need to stop killing each other around here because this is just making me feel bad.”
The video has been viewed more than 70,000 times.
Cheatham said she and Jeffrey have been doing a lot of community work together to raise awareness and he has a good understanding of what’s going on.
“[The shootings] are a daily thing. I couldn’t even explain to you how many people are getting hurt and killed due to gun violence in our city,” Cheatham said.
Just last month, Cheatham’s 16-year-old cousin, Taylor Simpson, was killed in a drive-by shooting outside of his high school in St. Louis.
“My son saw me going through emotional distress at that time and I know he remembered,” Cheatham told InsideEdition.com. “I am proud of him for making the video, but as for him feeling that way, I am shocked and disturbed.”
The danger that people in the community face every day has definitely hit home with the 6-year-old, his mom said.
“All of these people out here killing… Ya’ll need to stop this stuff because that ain’t gonna get them nowhere but locked up,” Jeffrey said in the video. "I am a kid and I’m not supposed to be knowing about all this stuff.”
Cheatham hopes Jeffrey's video makes an impact.
“I’ve had positive responses. I hope it reaches out to people with kids and without kids because we all have youth in our family. I hope it teaches people to put down the gun. There is another way,” she said.
St. Louis was number one on the list of America’s most dangerous cities in 2016. There were 188 homicides in the city in 2015, according to reports.
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