Chicago Teen in Anti-Violence PSA Is Shot over Weekend

“The leading cause of death for black boys and teens.”

A 13-year-old year Chicago teenager who was shot in the back on Friday was part of an award-winning anti-violence campaign:

Zarriel Trotter, 13, took part in a campaign last year that featured a “Black is Human” public service announcement on YouTube, the Chicago Tribune reported.

On Friday night, Trotter was hit in the back by a stray bullet. He underwent surgery early Saturday and was reported in critical condition at Mount Sinai Hospital on Monday, ABC News reported.

The young boy was quoted in the PSA saying, "I don't want to live around in my community where I got to keep on hearing and hearing people keep on getting shot, people keep on getting killed."

The PSA won an "Advocacy Media Award."

Chicago police say that Trotter was not the target of the shooting, which took place about 1/2 a mile from the boy's home.

Elizabeth Jamison-Dunn, principal of Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School, which Trotter attends, said "Every morning he greets me with a big smile on his face, which makes my day," she said. "I feel horrible that this happened to him."

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