Relatives and members of the community gathered on Tuesday for a celebration of the life of a young girl killed by a stray bullet nearly 16 years ago.
March 22, 2022 would have been Sherdavia Jenkins’ 25th birthday.
The group, including a youth program, community and faith leaders, law enforcement, and his father and sister, met at Sherdavia Jenkins Peace Park in northwest Miami-Dade .
In addition to celebrating Sherdavia’s life, they continue their mission to make the park a safe space for children to play and grow.
“Today is an optimistic hope for peace in our community,” said David Jenkins, Sherdavia’s father. “Hoping that this park can be a safe haven for children.”
Sherdavia’s sister, Catherine, was also present.
“I remember at first I was always really upset, depressed because she was basically my best friend,” Catherine said. “I now think of this day as such a beautiful day that everyone is here to help me celebrate with her. Celebrating not only her, but the lives of other children whose lives have been lost due to a senseless armed violence.
Samantha Quarterman is the executive director of the youth program called MEYGA, which stands for Multi-Ethnic Youth Group Association.
“We don’t want to celebrate death anymore, we want to celebrate life,” Quarterman said.
Quarterman helps the family continue this mission of giving children a safe place in the community.
“We want to zone this as a safe zone for the kids,” Quarterman said.