Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

In Video, 6-Year-Old Implores: 'Stop Killing Each Other'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

In Video, 6-Year-Old Implores: 'Stop Killing Each Other'

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ST. LOUIS * With the help of his mother, Jeffrey Laney took to Facebook imploring people to stop the violence.

"People need to stop killing each other because this is just making me feel bad," the 6-year-old St. Louis boy says in the video that his mother posted on her Facebook page last week.

It had been viewed more than 70,000 times as of Sunday.

"He was just complaining about being afraid to die," his mom, Leanndra Cheatham told the Post-Dispatch. "He listens to everything around him and watches the news and there's not a lot of good things on there."

Cheatham said the death of her cousin, Taylor Simpson, 17, who was killed in a drive-by shooting last month in University City, took a toll on her, and Jeffrey saw her struggling to deal with the loss. …

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