Mayor Tom Barrett released the following statement regarding the charging of three men who shot and killed Za’layia Jenkins
August 14, 2017
“In May of last year, nine year old Za’layia Jenkins was watching television in her living room when bullets tore through the front of her home. Za’layia suffered a gunshot wound to the head and days later, just before her tenth birthday, Za’layia died.
“Today, three Milwaukee men have been charged with firing the shots that killed Za’layia. The men face charges of first-degree reckless homicide, being parties to a crime and use of a dangerous weapon.
“It has already been a tragically long year for Za’Layia’s mom, Destiny Boone, and the family members and friends who have prayed and waited for justice.
“Za’Laylai’s future was taken from her and her family. The gun totting criminals who indiscriminately shot up a neighborhood and took her young life deserve the full force of the criminal justice system and a future behind bars.
“The pain of losing a child never truly subsides but it is my hope that today’s announcement will provide some measure of relief to Za’Layia’s family, friends and our Milwaukee Community.”