Grandmother shares losing her grandson to gun violence

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FLINT (WJRT) (1/4/2018) - A woman so scared after her grandson was shot right next to her, she didn't want to put her face on camera.

But 10-year-old Jacques Allen's Grandma wanted to share his final moments. He died Tuesday night after being hit in a drive-by the day before.

The family has gone through a lot in the past few years.

Jacques lost his mother to a kidney-disease a few years ago and his Dad to gun violence before that.

Now, his grandmother who helped raise him has cancer.

She sat down with ABC12 News right after her chemo treatment Thursday afternoon.

"He would do anything for anybody. He never met a stranger. He would ask, 'Can I give you a hug?' You know, he would talk to everybody," Jacques Allen's Grandmother said.

She added the 10-year-old always wanted to help. That's how he ended up at her house Monday night.

"He says I want to go and be with Grandma because I know she's at home by herself. And, I don't want her to be by herself," his Grandma explained.

She said the scene that night won't stop playing over and over in her head.

"It's still unreal, but at the same time I know it is. I can still see him falling," she said.

The two were finishing dinner, when gunshots started spraying into her home.

"It happened so fast that I was like Jacques get down, get down," his Grandma said. "I couldn't reach him to, you know, pull him on the floor with me. I couldn't reach him."

The 10-year-old was hit and passed away just a day later from his injuries.

"I really hope that they catch whoever did this, so they can, you know, pay for what they did," she said. "Because he didn't ask for that. He didn't ask for that."

Jacques' Grandma said her curious grandson was creative, funny and obsessed with Michael Jackson.

"You know, he had his little player, his CD player or he'd get on his phone and there he was doing Michael Jackson," she said.

Singing and dancing his family wishes they could watch one more time.

"It's just not fair," his Grandma added.

To help the family with funeral expenses, you can contact Sheldon T. Banks Funeral Home or click on the link to the Go Fund Me page in the 'related links' section of this story.

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