- The Washington Times - Monday, March 28, 2016

A 13-year-old boy who was part of an award-winning anti-violence campaign just a year ago was struck by a stray bullet Friday night in his Chicago neighborhood.

Zarriel Trotter underwent surgery early Saturday and remained in critical condition that afternoon at Mount Sinai Hospital.

“I don’t want to live around in my community where I got to keep on hearing and hearing people keep on getting shot, people keep on getting killed,” the seventh-grader said in the public service announcement titled “Black is Human,” The Chicago Tribune reported.

Earlier this month in Washington, D.C., the American Advertising Federation gave the video an Advocacy Media Award.

Police say the shooting occurred in the Austin neighborhood while two groups were fighting down the street from Zarriel’s home. He was not the intended target, police said. No arrests have been made.

“I’m praying for him, praying for his speedy recovery,” Elizabeth Jamison-Dunn, principal of Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School where Zarriel goes to school, told The Tribune. “We love him. He’s our child. We want him to get better.”

Zarriel is Austin’s 71st gunshot victim this year and the second-youngest one, according to data gathered by the Chicago Sun-Times. A 12-year-old boy was among four teens wounded last week about a block west of Circle Rock Charter School.

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