A 6-year-old boy, whose life was cut short by gun violence as he walked to a convenience store to buy candy, will forever be remembered on the street where he was killed.
King Carter’s name will rise above the violence-prone neighborhood along Northwest 104th Street between 11th Avenue and 12th Avenue. It was down these blocks the kindergartner spent much of his young life; where he played, where he walked to and from school.
The Miami-Dade Commission approved Thursday to naming the street after the little boy whose tragic death sparked outrage in the community and prompted protests. The legislation passed unanimously.
King was the unintended target when he was taken by an errant bullet Feb. 20, 2016. Since his death, King’s father Santonio Carter has devoted his time to speaking out against senseless shootings that plague the community. He says he wants to make a positive impact in his son’s name.
Three people were arrested in connection to King’s shooting death: Leonard Adams, Irwen Pressley and Tamar Teems. Little King was caught in the crossfire as the teens tried to settle a social media feud with someone who lived at the 6-year-old’s apartment building.
At a balloon release on the one-year anniversary of his son’s death, Carter said he will keep King’s legacy alive. "We 'gotta' keep his name alive because he did not die in vain," said Carter. "It's like I can't get nothing out of life, but helping somebody else right now.”