9-year-old killed by robbery victim: Arlene Alvarez family march for justice for other young victims of gun violence

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – The community joined the parents of 9-year-old Arlene Alvarez in a march for justice after the man who shot their daughter dead was released Friday night.

On February 14, Houston police said Tony Earls shot and killed Arlene after he was robbed at a Chase Bank ATM in Gulfgate.

Earls was charged with aggravated assault and posted a $100,000 fine.

New surveillance video shows the unidentified thief who caused the shooting. On Friday night, both men were free.

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Arlene’s parents, Armando and Gwen Alvarez, return to the bank where their family car was shot multiple times and demand to see justice served for their young daughter and other young victims of gun violence.

“It’s not fair to people out there like they don’t have anything. It’s not fair. They need to go to jail. No strings attached. They need to put up with what we have to endure because we don’t sleep. We go through pain and they don’t “t,” Armando said.

Among the crowd, showing support for Arlene’s family was Elaine Grant-Williams, the grandmother of 9-year-old Ashanti Grant, who was severely injured in a road rage incident.

The shooting happened on February 9 in the 9800 block of the Southwest Freeway, when a family of four – Ashanti, her mother, her father and her 11-year-old brother – were in a Tahoe going to the store grocery.

Ashanti has been in the hospital on life support since the shooting happened. Grant-Williams said she is showing signs of improvement.

“She’s in there fighting,” Grant-Williams told the crowd Saturday. “She’s still in a coma, but she’s fighting with you guys. I want you to know.”

Grant-Williams said their family stands in solidarity with the Arlene family in their fight for justice.

During Saturday’s march, there were also demands for justice and prayers for the family of 11-year-old Darius Dugas II, who was shot dead while taking his coat from his mother’s car on May 3. 2.

All three children are among young, innocent victims who over the past three weeks have been caught up in a wave of gun violence seen throughout the Houston and Harris County areas.

“This is all about support,” says Grant-Williams. “It doesn’t matter what color you are. We’re all the same. We’ll all keep fighting.”

The Alvarez family only accepts donations through CashApp: $1ABZ.

While Ashanti continued his fight, a GoFundMe Trang has been set up to help her family cover their expenses as they continue to be with her.

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