At least 20 kids shot in Hampton Roads over the last few weeks

Posted at 1:54 PM, Jul 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-12 20:28:44-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - News 3 is investigating the number of children and teens who were injured or killed during gun violence in our area's streets.

There has been a disturbing increase over the last few weeks.

Marcia Keeling’s daughter and son were shot over the weekend in Norfolk.

Her 17-year-old son is expected to be okay, but her 15-year-old daughter, Teonna "Tee Tee" Coburn, was killed.

“My baby did not deserve that. She had so much life in her,” said Keeling. “There are no tears, but I am burning on the inside. I’m burning on the inside. It hurts bad.”

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Tee-Tee Coburn's mother, Marcia Keeling

The excruciating pain of losing a child is being felt by too many families as gun violence continues to plague our youth.

Since Memorial Day weekend, at least 20 kids have been shot or killed.

The following numbers have been reported to News 3 from police.

Norfolk: 7

Newport News: 1

Suffolk: 2

Hampton: 3

Portsmouth: 3

Chesapeake: 4

“We need more role models, more leaders, more community concern to step to the plate and address what is taking place to what is hurting our community today,” said Bilal Muhammad, the Chairman of Stop the Violence team.

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"It’s not going to stop with Tee Tee. I don’t want another mother standing where I am at,” said Keeling.

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