Anisa Scott, 11, was featured in a video calling for an end to gun violence back in 2016. Last week, she was tragically shot and killed while riding in a car in Madison, Wisconsin.
According to the Madison Police Department, Anisa was riding in a car on Tuesday morning when she was struck in the crossfire of a shooting between two vehicles. Authorities believe that the driver of the vehicle Anisa was riding in was the intended target of the shooting.
Anisa was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and placed in a medically-induced coma. On Thursday, her family announced that they had taken her off life support.
Authorities arrested Andre P. Brown, 16, and Perion R. Carreon, 19, on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide.
Anisa’s Previous Plea Against Gun Violence
In 2016, Anisa starred in an anti-gun violence video filmed by local filmmaker Rafael Raglan, the father of her half-sister. In the video, Anisa is kneeling at her bedside, putting her hands together and praying.
“I just want to go outside and play, like a 7-year-old is supposed to do. I don’t want to die,” Anisa says in the video. “They won’t stop killing. They won’t stop it. God, can you make it better?”
Raglan told the Wisconsin State Journal he captured Anisa’s plea after she took a trip to Chicago and learned about the city’s gun violence. According to Raglan, Anisa “believed God could fix it.”
When Raglan first posted the video, it gained around 800 views. Last week, he shared it again as a tribute to Anisa. This time, it got over 30,000 views.
Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway tweeted about Anisa and the ongoing efforts to stop gun violence. She wrote, “We mourn the tragic loss of Anisa Scott, and work together to stem gun violence. This has to stop.”
The full anti-gun violence video is below.