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In Indiana, a 24-year-old girl was shot dead because of the phrase 'all lives are important'

On the night of July 5, a 24-year-old young mother from Indiana was shot dead in front of her fiancé after she uttered the phrase: “All lives matter” during an altercation with supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement. The Daily Mail.

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Jessica Doty Whitaker strolled with her fiancé Jose Ramirez and two friends outside Canal Walk at about 3 a.m. on July 5. According to Ramirez, at some point in the conversation, one of the group used a slang version of the word with 'n'. The nearby people - four men and a woman - heard this and started an argument. Insulted, they shouted, "Black lives are important," to which Whitaker replied, "All lives are important."

Robert Doty, the father of the victim, confirmed that it was his daughter who said the phrase. According to Ramirez, both groups threatened each other with weapons, but eventually dispersed.

“We thought they were gone, but they sat on St. Clair, waiting for us to go under the bridge. Then they shot her, ”Ramirez said.

The suspect reportedly started firing from a nearby bridge and soon fled the scene.

Ramirez says he hugged Whitaker when she was mortally wounded.

“I really held her when it happened. She just fell, ”he said.

He admits that he returned fire on suspects, but said that it was “just a reaction.”

“I haven't seen anyone. I hope I didn't hurt anyone, ”Ramirez says.

Whitaker was taken to a local hospital, where she died from her wounds.

“I can never hug her again,” said victim's mother Arlen Doty. "I just want those responsible to be held accountable."

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Whitaker worked as a nurse at home. The next year, she was going to marry Ramirez. She left her three-year-old son Grayson.

“He has a mom that he probably won't even remember when he gets older,” Ramirez said. The man cried talking about his fiancee.

“She shouldn't have died. She has a three-year-old son whom she loved very much. It's hard to tell him that his mom is in heaven and if he wants to talk to her he will have to look up and say, "I love you mom." Until he even understands what's going on, ”he says.

Whitaker is one of three fatalities in the area last week, and one of many gunfire victims over the Independence Day weekend.

Indianapolis residents urged city officials to make the area safer. Ramirez asked why the curfew was not imposed in the city center.

“Our message is that the area is still a safe place,” said Indianapolis City Captain Jerry Leary.

The family set up a page on GoFundMe to cover the costs of Whitaker's funeral and raising her son. Already raised about 35 dollars. The fundraising goal is $ 000 million.

“Jessica was a wonderful mother, sister, daughter, bride, girlfriend, aunt, cousin and colleague,” reads the accompanying message. - She was loved by many and many will surely miss her. Everyone was happy while she was around. She doesn't deserve to die like that. ”

“I'm so emotionally lost,” her father wrote on his Facebook. - I love you baby".

Family members called for the Black Lives Matter movement to be identified as a terrorist group, repeating a similar statement by Rudi Giuliani, a supporter of President Trump.

Dozens of shootings and deaths took place in the United States over the Independence Day weekend. Police said at least 41 people were shot in New York, six of whom died in one night. A 21-year-old man died after being wounded in the chest around 00:45 on July 5 in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Two hours later, a 23-year-old man was shot in the back in Harlem and taken to hospital. A 40-year-old man was fatally shot in the chest on Sutter Avenue in Brooklyn. A 19-year-old young man was wounded in the chest and a 27-year-old in the shoulder in East Flatbush. The 19-year-old was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

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One of the children killed in Chicago was identified by her family as seven-year-old Natalie Wallace. The girl played near her grandmother’s house in the Austin city district during a party on July Fourth, when a car drove up, three men got out and started firing indiscriminately. Natalie was shot in the head.

“The heart of Chicago is broken,” said Chicago Police Chief Fred Waller. “A seven-year-old girl was taken away from us. She was visiting the family. She's gone. ”

Mayor Laurie Lightfoot tweeted: “Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined the list of teens and children whose hopes and dreams were broken by a gun barrel. We cannot get used to it and harden. We are making progress in reducing firing, but we must do better, each of us. ”

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