Tyler Perry will pay for the funeral of Secoriea Turner, an 8-year-old girl who was fatally shot on July 4 in Atlanta near the site of Rayshard Brooks’ death.
“Who said that outrage has to choose a side?” Perry told People on Tuesday. “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. 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.”
In addition to speaking with Floyd’s family and offering to pay for Brooks’ funeral, the writer/director/producer had also paid for the medical expenses of Matt Cooper, a George officer who survived a shot to the head in September 2018 when trying to stop a shoplifter at a Walmart in Covington, Georgia.
“And when we are killing each other, including our innocent children, I am outraged,” he added. “It doesn’t matter what color wrong comes in, wrong is wrong.”
Perry continued, “I’m outraged today because I’d rather be paying for 8-year-old Secoriea Turner’s college than her funeral. When does this end?”
According to Atlanta police, Turner was fatally struck by gunfire as she sat in the backseat of her mother’s car. An adult friend of the mother was also in the vehicle.
The mother exited off a local highway onto University Avenue and tried turning around in a parking lot. The mother later told police that a “group of armed individuals” blocked her from leaving the lot.
That’s when someone allegedly opened fire on the car, striking it multiple times.
The mother drove her daughter to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
“An 8-year-old girl was killed last night because her mother was riding down the street,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said during a press conference on Sunday. “If Secoriea was not safe last night, none of us are safe.
“You shot and killed a baby,” Bottoms continued. “And there wasn’t just one shooter, there were at least two shooters.”
The alleged incident occurred near the now-scorched Wendy’s restaurant where Brooks was fatally shot on June 12 by police officer Garrett Rolfe. Authorities said Brooks had seized a Taser from an officer and allegedly fired it as he ran.
Earlier this month, Rolfe — who faces 11 criminal charges, including felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal damage to property, and violation of oath by a public officer — was released from prison after posting bond. He was previously fired from his position.
In court documents filed last month, Rolfe’s attorneys Noah Pines and Bill Thomas said “there is significant evidence that proves [Rolfe] was legally justified in using deadly force” against Brooks, as they claim their client was acting in self-defense.
Last month, People confirmed that Perry has also offered to pay the college educations of Brooks’ four surviving children: Dream, 1, Memory, 2, Blessing, 8, and Mekai, 13.