The dream of playing in the national American football team has been forever unfinished.
Jaylon McKenzie, Bellville, Illinois eighth-grader, died after a stray bullet hit him on May 4, while attending friends at a party in Venice, near the border between Illinois and Missouri. The incident happened around 23:40 nights, starting from controversies that led to shooting at the party. Jaylon tried to leave but went back to pick up things to help his friend and hit the bullet. Although being taken to the hospital, he did not survive. Another 15-year-old female student present at the party is also in critical condition.
Jaylon appeared in the “Future of Sports” Picture Book in November 2018 with five other American teen stars. He always dreamed of becoming a professional rugby star, playing for Los Angeles Rams or Los Angeles Chargers in California. The male student was also invited to study by two universities, Missouri and Illinois.
Sukeena Gunner, Jaylon’s mother, said he regularly attended summer football tournaments but in May, activities were less so Jaylon had more free time. He also rarely attended parties until the incident happened. In this mother’s eyes, the youngest of 5 brothers have a beautiful smile, speaks softly, modestly and is loved by many people.
On the American Social Network, many people expressed their grief over the departure of the talented boy, including politicians and athletes. Senator LaToya Greenwood, Illinois representative wrote tribute lines on Jaylon McKenzie on personal Facebook and called the loss “extreme pain”.
Gun violence is a painful problem in American society. At the end of February this year, the House of Representatives of the country passed a large-scale gun safety bill, allowing expansion of background checks for all cases of gun sales, through the purchase of weapons for exhibitions, exhibitions or the Internet.
This is the first gun-tightening bill passed by the US House of Representatives within a quarter of a century but faces strong opposition in the Senate, where Republicans hold the majority and President Donald Trump, a major supporter of the National Rifle Association and gun supporters. President Trump has vowed to reject the bill if passed by parliament.