Mother Calls for Justice after 14-Year-Old Na’Qualo Smith and 13-Year-Old Donta Gurley are Shot and Killed

Accident – Death – Obituary News : LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – In a tragic incident over the weekend, a 14-year-old boy named Na’Qualo Smith and his 13-year-old cousin, Donta Gurley, were shot and killed, leaving their families devastated. Now, for the first time, Na’Qualo’s mother, Lashanna Smith, has come forward to share her heartbreak and demand justice for her son.

Expressing her grief, Lashanna Smith tearfully stated, “That was my baby, he did nothing to nobody.” The loss of her son and nephew has left her shattered and seeking answers. She last saw them on Saturday night when they bid her goodnight, unaware that it would be their final farewell.

The horrifying reality dawned on Lashanna when her daughter informed her that Na’Qualo and Donta had not returned home. It was revealed that the two boys had sneaked out during the night. Concerned, Lashanna immediately contacted the Little Rock Police Department to report them missing. Shortly after, she received a call from her sister delivering the devastating news.

“My sister told me there was a homicide on West 22nd Street, and that’s where the last location pinged on his iPhone,” Lashanna shared, her voice trembling with sorrow. The subsequent report from the LRPD confirmed that Na’Qualo and Donta had been fatally shot on West 22nd Street.

Lashanna emphasized that her son was not involved in any trouble and had no connection to the streets. The circumstances surrounding his death are incomprehensible to her, leading her to believe that someone witnessed the incident and ought to come forward with information.

“He made one mistake, and for the first time in his life, he snuck out, like teenagers do, and it cost him his life,” Lashanna lamented. The void left by Na’Qualo’s absence is deeply felt, as she described waking up in his room, calling out for him, hoping he would miraculously return.

Support from family has been crucial for Lashanna during this devastating time. Her aunt, Paula Hall, expressed the family’s struggle to move on and find a way forward. “How do we move on, how do we move forward, how, that’s the part,” Paula questioned, reflecting on the pain they all endure.

Na’Qualo was not only a son but also a big brother. He cared deeply for his siblings, always putting their needs before his own. His cousin, Shante Johnson, described him as a radiant presence, illuminating every room he entered. The family is now praying for justice to be served swiftly.

The loss of Na’Qualo and Donta underscores the urgent need to address gun violence among teenagers. The Boys & Girls Club has weighed in on this tragedy, emphasizing the importance of intervention and support to prevent such senseless deaths.

Lashanna Smith believes that the violence plaguing their city must come to an end. She hopes that no other family will have to endure the anguish she is currently experiencing. The Little Rock Police Department is urging anyone with information about the incident to come forward and assist in their investigation.

In this somber time, the Little Rock community stands in solidarity with the grieving families, mourning the loss of two young lives and demanding justice..