The mother of a 4-year-old who was shot and killed last Sunday night in the Bronx appeared with Rev. Al Sharpton Saturday to speak out against gun violence. NY1's Natasha Ghoneim filed the following report.
Rev. Al Sharpton joined the chorus of leaders expressing outrage and calling for action in the aftermath of 4-year-old Lloyd Morgan's murder Saturday as the boy's mother, Shianne Norman, looked on in support.
"We need to save our children or we're not worthy of having them," Sharpton said.
"I plan on being a strong advocate," Norman said. "I will stand by the reverend and will lend my voice and face and lend my son's name, Lloyd Morgan Jr."
Lloyd's love of basketball earned him the nickname "Little Lebron." But his life ended after a memorial basketball tournament at a housing complex last Sunday, when some of the participants began shooting. Lloyd, who was on a nearby playground, was caught in the crossfire.
In his memory, Sharpton is now rallying people to an "Occupy Corners" campaign for the month of August.
"We need to choose corners near churches and headquarters and occupy corners on the weekends and stand and have vigils and a physical presence of peace and gun-free zones in our community," he said.
Three people have now been arrested in connection with the shooting. The latest arrest came Friday, when 19-year-old Ronald Jeffrey was picked up on murder, attempted murder and weapons charges.
Lloyd's mother said she just wants the police to unravel the circumstances surrounding the shooting that took her son's life.
"I'm not looking for the why's," she said. "I only have love in my heart. I just want to know what happened."
Lloyd Morgan will be buried on Wednesday evening. Sharpton said his death has impacted him in a way others have not. He will give the eulogy and will then elaborate more on his Occupy Corners campaign.