Jaslyn Adams, 7, was remembered at a vigil on Monday night. The young girl was shot and killed at a McDonald’s drive-thru on Chicago’s West Side on Sunday afternoon.
Jaslyn’s father was shot, as well. He is hospitalized and in serious condition, according to police.
The incident occurred around 4:00 p.m., according to NBC Chicago. Jaslyn and her father, 29, were inside the car when shots began to rain on the vehicle. The 7-year-old girl was shot multiple times and was immediately taken to Stroger Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
“It’s really emotional now for my family,” Tawny McMullen, Jaslyn’s aunt told WBBM. “She was just … sweet and outgoing. Really talkative, really lovable.”
The victims were in a silver Infiniti waiting to order their McDonald’s when two individuals got out of a gray car and opened fire. Jontae Adams frantically called his mother, Lawanda McMullen, when the bullets stopped flying.
She recalled that phone call. “He, ‘Ma, come get me. They just shot my baby.’”
His “baby” has three siblings, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Jaslyn was a “beautiful” and “really sweet child,” who loved to dance and make TikToks, her family said. She was a student at Cameron Elementary School and was nicknamed Pinky.
“Because she was bright” one of her family members explained, and pink was her favorite color.
Jaslyn’s aunt pleaded upon hearing the devastating news. “Put the guns down,” Tawny McMullen begged with tears running down her face. “Our kids want to play, my kids can’t even go out the door because of [the violence]. Please put the guns down, please. My 8-year-old baby says she don’t even want to go outside to play because she’s scared she’s going to get shot. This has gotta stop.”
CNN reported that Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she was “heartbroken and angered” over the shooting.
She took to Twitter to express her dismay:
The Chicago police believe the shooting is gang-related. Less than three hours later, two more people were shot in their car at a Popeyes which is believed to be connected to the McDonald’s shooting.
A 33-year-old man and 19-year-old women were in a blue Chevy Malibu and had just ordered food when a gunman pulled up in a car around 7:000 p.m. and opened fire. Both were rushed to Stroger Hospital. The man was shot in the left leg and the woman in the abdomen.
“Unbelievable, they did this in front of all those cameras,” one man who asked to remain anonymous told the Chicago Sun-Times. “These kids are getting bold.”
The news of the shooting comes only a month after Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old boy was shot and killed by a police officer in Chicago.
It’s another deadly shooting added to the list of many, such as the Somers House Tavern shooting over the weekend. All the incidents of gun violence have ignited engagement in gun control reform, with many begging for change.
One community activist in Chicago, Andrew Holmes spoke out against the violent killings in Chicago on Sunday.
“You just took away somebody’s queen. You just took away a mother’s daughter. You just put hurt on the father — for what?” Holmes said. “Every parent has taken a child to McDonald’s to get something to eat. Not to get some bullets. To the shooter, why? Why? If you had any kids, have you ever taken your kids to McDonald’s?”
Another community activist, Marvin Edwards, the president of 100 Men Standing, a group advocating against gun violence, expressed his dismay at the tragedy and encouraged anyone with information regarding those responsible for Jaslyn’s death to come forward.
“We are sick and tired of this. It makes no damn sense,” Edwards said. “Whoever pulled this trigger on this young lady and took her life, trying to get something to eat from McDonald’s, whoever housing these individuals, turn these people in … We are pleading with you, do not let this go undone. Turn them in right away. This family is going through living hell right now because of the acts of some fools.”