In late August last year, Shanta Barnett got a call from her 15-year-old daughter Brannae Browne.
“Momma, did you hear about what happened?”
Natasha Hays, the mom of one of Brannae’s friends, had been killed in a drive-by shooting, she told her mom.
Barnett warned her daughter to be careful.
“She was like, ‘Momma, we didn't do nothing so why we gotta be worried about it?’” Barnett remembers. “Something in my heart told her just to watch out, to be safe.”
Days later, on a Friday after school, Barnett dropped her daughter off at a cousin’s house in Northeast Kansas City, Kansas. About an hour later, Brannae was sitting on the porch when shots rang out from the street. With a bullet to the back, Brannae was soon dead.