The dream of playing in the national team shirt of the “American football phenomenon” has been unfinished forever.
Jaylon McKenzie, an eighth-grade male student in Bellville, Illinois, died after being hit by a stray bullet on May 4, while attending a party in Venice near the border between Illinois and Missouri. The incident happened around 11:40 pm, starting from the controversy that led to the shooting at the party. Jaylon was about to leave but went back to pick up his stuff and got hit. After that, he was taken to the hospital, but he couldn’t 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 Chargeers in California. This male student was also invited by the universities of Missouri and Illinois.
Sukeeena Gunner, Jaylon’s mother, said that he regularly participates in summer rugby tour but in May, the activities are sparse so Jaylon has more free time. He also rarely attended parties until the incident. In the eyes of this mother, the youngest of 5 siblings has a beautiful smile, soft-spoken, humble and much loved.
On American social networks, many people expressed their grief at the departure of a talented boy, including politicians and athletes. Congressman LaToya Greenwood, Illinois representative wrote memorial lines of Jaylon McKenzie on his personal Facebook and called the loss extreme pain.
Gun violence is a painful issue in American society. By the end of February this year, the House of Representatives had passed a large-scale gun safety bill, which would allow an expanded background check for all gun purchases, including arms purchases for exhibitions, galleries or via the Internet.
It is the first gun-tightening control bill passed by the US House of Representatives in a quarter of a century, but faces strong opposition in the Senate, where the Republican party holds a majority and President Donald Trump, who has great backing of the National Rifle Association and organizations supporting gun ownership. President Trump has vowed to reject the bill if passed by Congress.