Photo Essay: Remembering Sherdavia Jenkins 10 Years Later

Mar 24, 2016

Sherdavia Jenkins was 9 years old when she was killed in the Liberty Square housing projects on July 1, 2006.

She was on her front porch when a stray bullet  struck the little girl who loved video games.

This week, she would have turned 19 years old. Her family and community member gathered to commemorate her birthday at a park across the street from the housing projects where she was killed.

The park is named for her: Sherdavia Jenkins Peace Park.

Since Sherdavia's death 10-years ago, an average of 30 children a year have been killed in  Miami-Dade County.

View the photo essay below and hear the radio story on remembering Sherdavia Jenkins.

A mural at Sherdavia Jenkins Peace Park. Twice a year Sherdavia's family gathers at this park to remember her birthday and the day she died.
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Catherine Hummingbird Ramirez blessed children with eagle feathers at a birthday remembrance for Sherdavia Jenkins. Sherdavia would have turned 19 on March 22. A bullet ended her life on July 1, 2006.
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Poet Rebecca "Butterfly" Vaughns closes her eyes in mediation at a birthday commemoration for Sherdavia Jenkins. Smoke from burning sage nearby wafts in the air.
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Sherdavia Jenkins' family attends a birthday commemoration for her at Sherdavia Jenkins Peace Park.
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Dawn Williams, Sherdavia Jenkins' aunt, wears a Rest In Peace shirt with Sherdavia's photo. The day Sherdavia died, she said, she was supposed to take her to Chuck E. Cheese.
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Sherdavia Jenkins' favorite colors were orange and lavender. Nineteen balloons were released on what would have been her 19th birthday.
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Nineteen balloons were released to mark Sherdavia Jenkins' birthday.
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Sherdavia Jenkins' dad releases the 20th balloon for all the other kids who won’t be able to attend their next birthday parties because their lives were taken by gun violence.
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