Jeffrey Devon Jackson, 17, was shot and killed early this morning on the street where he lived in Newport News, Va.
According to a local news website, witnesses “heard the teen pleading for his life and [then] one gunshot.”
Two criminal justice professors at Northeastern University report that, from 2002 to 2007, the number of gun homicides involving black male juvenile victims rose 54 percent.
“Future demographics suggest that the concern for at-risk youth should increase over the next decade, “ wrote James Alan Fox and Marc L. Swatt. “There is a significant need for reinvestment in children and families – in essence an at-risk youth bailout during these difficult economic times.”
The report by Fox and Swatt (“The Recent Surge in Homicides involving Young Black Males and Guns: Time to Reinvest in Prevention and Crime Control”) is downloadable here.