13, who police said was shot Friday night, appears in a minute
long YouTube video with several third- through seventh-grade
African-American boys discussing their feelings toward gun
violence and homicides.
"I don't want to live around in my community where I got to keep
on hearing and hearing people keep on getting shot, people keep
on getting killed," the seventh-grader said in the public
service announcement, titled "Black is Human."
Police said Zarriel was not the intended target of gunfire,
which broke out after a fight between two groups of people
The video, which begins with 2013 data from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, was awarded an Advocacy Media
Award, according to the Facebook page of Burrell Communications,
which created the video.
"Our hearts go out to Zarriel and his family," the company
posted on Facebook. "We wish him a speedy recovery."
Zarriel had surgery on Saturday at Mount Sinai Hospital, the
Chicago Tribune newspaper reported. He was shot about a
half-mile from both his school and his home.
(Reporting by Justin Madden in Chicago; Editing by Sharon
Bernstein and Dan Grebler)
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