(ConservativeHub.com) – Americans are facing increased violent crime in 2021. Some commentators blame it on more than a year of protests accompanied by calls to “defund the police” by radical Leftists — while others cite the drastic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sadly, a teenaged girl recently became Oakland, California’s 109th homicide victim so far this year.
On Wednesday, October 6, 15-year-old Shamara Young fell victim to a road rage incident while riding with her uncle. Oakland’s police chief LeRonne Armstrong told reporters the incident began with a “dialogue” between Shamara’s uncle and the driver of another car.
The conversation quickly turned into an argument. Multiple shots quickly rang out, several of them hitting the teenager. Shamara’s uncle drove her to a local hospital, where she later died.
A teenage girl was shot and killed Wednesday night in what police say is a suspected road rage incident. Her death marks Oakland's 109th homicide this year. https://t.co/QvEhGBO3zP
— KTVU (@KTVU) October 8, 2021
Ironically, earlier that day, the Oakland Police Department reported 41 incidents of gunfire the week of September 27 through October 3. It also noted it had recovered 927 firearms so far in 2021. The Oakland PD encouraged residents and businesses to consider installing security cameras in light of those stunning figures.
The mother of 15-year-old Shamara Young describes her daughter as a loving person who was protective of her siblings. She speaks out for the first time since her daughter’s homicide last night. Hear her plea to the community to find her daughter’s killer. pic.twitter.com/ozeZOaFuZv
— Oakland Police Dept. (@oaklandpoliceca) October 8, 2021
The following day, the Oakland PD posted a video of Shamara’s mother asking the public to help identify her daughter’s assailant. She described her daughter as a loving individual who enjoyed hanging out with her friends and caring for her younger brothers.
The rising crime figures in cities reducing law enforcement budgets cast doubt on the belief that it will help increase community safety. Is it time for people to start talking about supporting local police with their efforts to restore law and order?
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