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St. Louis boy pleads for peace amid shootings that left several injured, dead

Six-year-old from St. Louis begs for an end to the city's violence

Six-year-old Jeffrey Laney, of St. Louis, begged for an end to the city's violence in a viral video his mother, LeeLee Cheatham, posted to Facebook on May 15.
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Six-year-old Jeffrey Laney, of St. Louis, begged for an end to the city's violence in a viral video his mother, LeeLee Cheatham, posted to Facebook on May 15.

A string of shootings across St. Louis and St. Louis County on Sunday left five people injured and four dead.

A KMOV report stated Monday that a 31-year-old woman was shot to death around 6 p.m. at Virginia Avenue and Itaska Street.

Then, Teranne Cooper Jr., 18, was found shot in the 100 block of Shepley Drive at 7:06 p.m. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital, a release from St. Louis County police stated.

At around 7:30 p.m., KMOV wrote, a man died after being shot in a car at Selena and Miami.

Then, a 19-year-old woman died after being shot in the 4200 block of Neosho street, the TV station reported.

Five other shootings throughout the city left another five people injured.

A May 15 Facebook video of a 6-year-old asking for people to stop the violence in St. Louis went viral with over 86,000 views as of Monday morning.

His mom, LeeLee Cheatham, posted the video.

“Me and my mom — we live in St. Louis,” Jeffrey Laney said in the video. “And I’m coming to tell you all why people need to stop killing each other around here, because this is just making me feel bad, because I don’t want nothing to happen. I’m scared to death.”

“God is my weapon,” Jeffrey Laney said in the video.

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