Tyler Perry pledged to cover the funeral cost of 8-year-old, Secoriea Turner, who lost her life on July 4th in Atlanta.
CNN reports that Turner and her mother were riding in their family car when they pulled up in a parking lot and “a group of individuals illegally placed barricades.” Shots were fired into the car then her mother drove to the hospital where Secoriea was pronounced dead.
“I’m outraged today because I’d rather be paying for 8-year-old Secoriea Turner’s college than her funeral,” the entertainment mogul told People in an exclusive statement, adding “when does this end?”
“Who said that outrage has to choose a side?” he said. “When so many Black people like George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks were killed, I was outraged and did what I could to help their families.” Perry also covered the cost of Rayshard Brooks’ funeral and all four of his children’s college tuitions.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms spoke about the death of Turner and three others in separate shootings over the holiday weekend. “Enough is enough. We have talked about this movement that is happening across America at this moment in time when we have the ears and the interest of people across this country and across this globe who are saying they want to see change.”
“When a white police officer was shot in the head trying to stop a shoplifter in a suburb outside of Atlanta, I was outraged and I did what I could to help him and his family,” Perry continued.
“…When we are killing each other, including our innocent children, I am outraged,” Tyler Perry concluded to shut down all black-on-black crime arguments. “It doesn’t matter what color wrong comes in, wrong is wrong.”