Quasheda Pierce was in agony alongside family and friends, as her 18-year-old son, Sincere Pierce, died during an alleged police-related shooting. The family mourned their loss at his funeral early this month.
But just before the funeral ended at Riverview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Cocoa, Florida, a gunshot was fired and Quasheda fell to the ground in pain.
Pierce informed ABC News reporters how she wasn’t able to recall the moment.
“I really don’t know what happened. I was out,” Pierce revealed. She was reportedly shot just as the pastor was wrapping up a prayer.
“I heard a gunshot and felt burning in my leg. The last thing I remember is I turned to my mom and said, ‘I’ve been shot.'”
Pierce was shocked at the time, as were most of the mourners around her. Many quickly rushed around her to help while others fled the cemetery in fear.
“No kid had a gun,” Pierce told the news outlet. “I’m lost. I don’t know what you’re talking about. These were school kids.”
But amid its investigation, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office found that at least one teen had a gun.
“The investigation to date, which includes witness testimony and physical evidence, has determined that the single shot allegedly originated from the 16-year-old who apparently experienced an accidental discharge from a firearm concealed on his person during the funeral service,” Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputy Tod Goodyear informed NBC News.
Apparently, the round hit the teen’s leg before it ricocheting and hitting Pierce.
Last month, Sincere was one of two teens shot and killed by police last month.
The incident happened after two Brevard County deputies attempted to make a traffic stop on November 13 after spotting a car believed to be stolen.
In a Facebook post by Sheriff Wayne Ivey, the same car had also fled an attempted traffic stop earlier that day.
The car was driven by 16-year-old Angelo (AJ) Crooms, while Sincere Pierce was in the passenger seat.
A dashcam video revealed how the teens eventually pulled into a driveway but did not stop the car. Officers approached the vehicle with guns drawn and repeatedly shouted at them to “Stop the vehicle!” Then, just moments later, multiple shots were fired into the vehicle, killing both teens.
Since then, both officers have been placed on paid administrative as an investigation continues, but debate surrounding whether the officers were justified in using deadly force continues on.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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