- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The family of the 1-year-old child who was fatally shot in Brooklyn over the weekend is pleading with their community to help police find whoever is responsible for his death.

“For the cowards that did this, you should be ashamed of yourself, because everybody talks about Black Lives Matter. What about baby lives? What about teenager lives?” Samantha Gardner said during an interview Monday with Fox News contributor Lawrence Jones. “You took an innocent child from a mother and father as well as the grandparents and I don’t think it’s fair.”

Ms. Gardner’s grandson, 1-year-old Davell Gardner Jr., was killed after two gunmen opened fire on a family cookout near Raymond Bush Park in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood Sunday night, police said. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who visited with the family Monday, vowed to catch the boy’s killers.

Davell Gardner Sr., the boy’s father, pleaded with members of his community to help police track down the suspects.

“If you know information, that needs to be said,” he said. “This is my son. He died. Whatever information you know, you need to tell me. It needs to be known. I need this information. Because these guys just took my son’s life. For what? He didn’t do nothing to nobody.

“The community is just getting worse and worse,” he added. “Nobody’s doing nothing about it. Nobody. Nobody is trying to make a change, and it’s sad to say that. Like every day is just worse. You don’t know if you’re going to live to see the next day.”

“You can go to hell,” the grandmother added, addressing the gunmen. “Excuse my expression, but you took something that was precious for me, precious for my son, something precious for his mother, and we will never see him. He cannot come back. He cannot wake back up. He was an innocent little baby and he’s gone forever.”

Mr. Gardner said he once dreamed of getting his son “out of this violence before something like this happened.”

“I’ve got to put my son in the ground now,” he said.

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