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Cherish Williams was only one semester away from graduating from Mundy Mills High School. However, while celebrating with friends on New Year’s Eve, Williams was killed over $50. According to WAGA, Williams,18, and friends were sitting inside a car at Independence Park in Jonesboro, Georgia. Shortly before 8 p.m., the teens were approached by three armed men who ordered them to get out of the car. They took money from each teen, getting $50 from Williams. At some point, Williams’ phone began to play music. One of the robbers thought that Williams was calling the police and shot her. The three men fled on foot.

Williams’ friends drove away from the scene and flagged down a police officer. She was rushed to the hospital, but eventually died.

The senseless killing sheds light on the desperation of living in urban communities and gun violence in America. A teenager should never have to fear that they can lose their life over $50.

According to information compiled by the Brady Campaign, over 111K Americans are killed by guns each year. And every day, 48 children and teens are killed in this country. The statistics reveal why gun control is essential to the future of America. Australia serves as an example of how gun laws can decrease gun violence. Following the National Firearms Agreement in Australia, the country saw a significant reduction in gun-related homicides and suicides.

But as long as America remains a bloodthirsty nation, more kids will be killed in senseless acts of violence.

The characteristics of the three suspects in Williams’ case have not been revealed.

For those with information on the suspect, contact Clayton County Police: 770-477-3515

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.