The grandfather of an 11-year-old Washington D.C. boy who was murdered during a Fourth of July celebration is slamming the Black Lives Matter movement, declaring that they do not care about “black-on-black crime.”
“Everybody’s just saying, they’re tired, tired of shootings in the community. Everybody’s running around here like they’re Uzi-toting, dope-sucking psychopathic killing machines,” said John Ayala, the grandfather of 11-year-old Davon McNeal, according to the NY Post. McNeal was tragically struck in the head by a stray bullet at a family gathering after a group of men began shooting at one another nearby.
“He was just getting out of a car to go get a charger to charge his phone while he was going to a cookout, that’s it,” said Ayala, who is the chief of the Archangel Special Police, which operate in Washington, Maryland and Virginia. “And when he stepped out the car, the shots rang and he fell to the ground. The mother thought that he was ducking to not get hit and came to find out he had got shot,” he said.
“We’re protesting for months, for weeks, saying, ‘Black Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter.’ Black lives matter; it seems like only when a police officer shoots a black person. What about all the black-on-black crime that’s happening in the community?” Ayala somberly asked.
Washington Mayor Muriel E. Bowser tweeted that the shooting of the young boy, described as a youth football star, was “horrendous.” She later revealed that authorities were searching for a black sedan that was spotted speeding down an alley near the crime scene.
“They lost this great, beautiful boy who should be doing what 11-year-olds do,” the mayor said. “Because someone senselessly shot up his neighborhood, he’s dead.”
On Monday, Chief of Police Peter Newsham said at a news conference that they were doing everything to find the killers and bring them to justice.
“We want to express our sincere condolences to Davon’s mom, to Davon’s family. I can’t believe what it would be like to hold your 11-year-old in his arms as he’s losing his life,” the police chief said.
Ironically enough, Davon’s mother, Crystal McNeal, works as a D.C. “violence interrupter,” trying to persuade the community to move away from guns.
John Ayala, tells @fox5dc he’s 11-year-old Davon McNeal’s paternal grandfather. Ayala says his grandson dreamed of being in the NFL & that everyone’s just tired of shootings in the community. He also mentions the Black Lives Matter protests in part of his interview. @fox5dc pic.twitter.com/ajrX7q5YkO
— Stephanie Ramirez (@RamirezReports) July 5, 2020