Chicago 13 year old featured in anti-violence Video Shot in Austin Neighborhood

In a public service video filmed at his school in Austin last year, Zarriel Trotter talked about how violence was wreaking havoc on his West Side neighborhood.

“I don’t want to live around my community, where . . . people keep on getting shot, people keep on getting killed,” Zarriel, now a seventh-grader at Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School, says in the video.

Saturday night, the 13-year-old was in critical condition at Mount Sinai Hospital, under sedation and recovering from surgery after being shot by a stray bullet the night before.

“We’re all praying he stays strong,” his school’s principal, Elizabeth Jamison-Dunn, said.

Around 8:30 p.m. Friday, Zarriel was outside in the 5500 block of West Jackson Boulevard. Two groups were fighting down the street, and someone started shooting, catching him in the lower back, according to the police, who said he wasn’t the intended target. Continue Reading

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