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7-Year-Old Boy Killed in Drive-By Shooting Reportedly Predicted Death a Week Earlier


Some coincidences seem too perfect to be coincidences. Often we can easily brush aside serendipitous occurrences.

A few, though, appear too well suited and too prophetic to do anything but raise gooseflesh on the back of our necks. Such was the case of a 7-year-old Brookhaven, Mississippi, boy.

Young Quantavious Allen Jr. had news he wanted to share with his grandmother during the week of June 2, according to WJTV. He wanted to tell her that he knew he’d live with Jesus forever when he died.

That’s a pretty forward-looking sentiment for a kid in single digits to share. Of course, it’s also easy to think that perhaps he was paying special attention during Sunday school and wanted to share it with grandma.

However, something happened on June 12 that made everyone take that statement in an entirely different light. It was 6 p.m., and the family was at home.

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Quantavious had parked himself in front of the television with a controller in hand, enjoying a pastime that numerous boys have enjoyed: playing video games.

Suddenly, a fusillade of bullets tore into the house.

A vehicle had passed right by the Allen home. Without stopping the car, someone had leaned out and shot multiple times into the property, WJTV reported.

One of the bullets struck Quantavious in the midsection. First responders quickly airlifted him to the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Even more horrible than a young boy getting shot in a random act of violence was the fact that it didn’t fit the usual pattern for such crimes. According to The Violence Policy Center, the vast majority of drive-by shootings occur during the night time or early morning hours.

In the nonprofit’s study, which focused on news reports of shootings, 40 percent occurred from 7 p.m. to midnight. Another 33 percent happened between midnight and 7 a.m.

Most victims aren’t children. More than three-fourths of those shot in a drive-by are legal adults.

But even though little Quantavious didn’t fit the typical pattern, he still ended up paying the ultimate price, passing away the same day.

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“[His] grandmother told me last weekend this child told her that Jesus had a place for him to stay, and he said it to her three times,” Police Chief Kenneth Collins told WAPT.

“She said, ‘Nah, baby, you’re going to be here with us,’ and what did he say? ‘Nah, Jesus got a place for me to stay.’”

Collins also added that his department would do everything in its power to capture those responsible. And if they couldn’t track down the malefactors in this life, well, there was always the life to come.

“When you die, you’re going to hell for killing this innocent child,” Collins said. We’re not going to stop, we’re not going to give up until we solve the murder of this innocent child.”

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A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine.
A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine. Most days find him crafting copy for corporate and small-business clients, but he also occasionally indulges in creative writing. His short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines. Loren currently lives in south Florida with his wife and three children.
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