“Stop killing each other.” That was a 6-year-old boy the message to the people of St. Louis in a Facebook video’s been viewed more than 90,000 times.
“I’m afraid to die,” Jeffrey Laney, a kindergartener, said in the Facebook video that his mother, Leanndra Cheatham, posted last week. “I feel bad about killing people.”
“Jeffrey saw me really sad when my cousin died,” Cheatham told Fox News, why her son begged the people to stop the violence. “I did not know that he remembered it or even listened when I spoke about the death of my cousin.”
Cheatham’s cousin, the 17-year-old Taylor Simpson, was killed in a drive-by shooting in University City in the last month.
“All these people hurting and killing each other,” the kindergartener says in the video. “We have to stop this.”
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Cheatham, said she received both the negative and the positive comment on the video, but said it is usually positive.
“A man told me that he does not trust, my son, that he thinks that he is a criminal. How can you not trust a 6 year old without a criminal record?” Cheatham said. “But a man in Birmingham has reached out to me and told me that he did not shoot someone in retaliation after seeing my son speak in the video.”
Cheatham, said her son Jeffrey often speaks this way, but the feeling that this video is different.
“I film my son a lot, if you look at my Facebook,” Cheatham said. “But this time, I’ve learned a lot about Jeffrey that video.”