MEMPHIS, Tenn.: A tragic incident in Frayser has left a family devastated as their one-year-old baby was shot and killed. This heartbreaking event comes as Memphis continues to grapple with a surge in homicides. With Christmas just around the corner, instead of preparing for joyful celebrations, the family is now planning a funeral.
Dana Hill, the grandmother of the child, described the baby as “loveable, most lovable, adorable baby ever.” At just eight months old, the child had already learned to walk, bringing joy to everyone around him. However, in the early hours of Saturday morning, Leo Amir Weathers’ life was suddenly cut short.
Police report that the shooting took place at 2 a.m. in what appears to be a drive-by incident on Wellons Avenue. Five of Hill’s grandchildren were asleep inside the house when several bullets struck their home, tragically hitting baby Leo. Hill received a distressing call from one of her grandchildren, relaying the devastating news. She pleads for justice, urging those responsible to surrender and expressing her disbelief that they could shoot into a house without considering the innocent lives inside.
One-year-old was rushed to the hospital in critical condition but later succumbed to his injuries. The family now finds themselves grappling with the unimaginable loss of a precious child, their grief compounded by the holiday season.
Baby Leo’s tragic death highlights the escalating problem of gun violence, both in Memphis and across the country. Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital has treated 172 children with gunshot wounds this year alone, representing a 15% increase compared to last year. Dr. Derek Kelly, an orthopedic surgeon at the hospital, expressed his frustration and concern about the rising numbers, emphasizing the need to raise awareness about this troubling issue.
Due to this heartbreaking loss, the family has set up a GoFundMe page to assist with funeral expenses. As the investigation into this senseless act continues, the community mourns the loss of an innocent life and demands answers. Gun violence and the need to safeguard the lives of society’s youngest members are stark reminders of the urgency of a comprehensive approach to combat it.
Gun violence and the need to safeguard the lives of society’s youngest members are stark reminders of the urgency of a comprehensive approach to combat it.