Washington, DC — Congresswoman Janice Hahn spoke about the tragic shooting death of Compton one-year-old Autumn Johnson on the House Floor.
On the evening of February 9, one-year old Autumn Johnson was in her crib when a gunman approached her family’s Compton home and opened fire on the converted garage where they lived.
Autumn was struck by a single bullet to her head. Two sheriff’s deputies on the scene didn’t think they could wait for the paramedics and rushed Autumn in her father’s arms to the hospital in their squad car. She was declared dead at the hospital.
Yesterday, sheriffs arrested her suspected killer. Motive is still unknown but law enforcement suspect gang involvement. I hope that justice is served but I know that nothing can make up for what Autumn’s parents have lost.
I attended her funeral on Saturday. My heart broke into a million pieces when I saw Autumn in her small lavender casket. Before she was buried, her young father put her pink teddy bear beside her.
When is the breaking point?
When will we decide that our communities have seen enough bloodshed?
When will we get serious about investing in our young people and giving them better opportunities than gangs?
And when will we in Congress finally do our part to prevent gun violence?
Autumn’s life mattered and it is time we started acting like it.