Rickey Smiley's daughter shot in Houston

Brenda Watkins
July 7, 2020

Violence erupted across America this past Fourth of July weekend as numerous shootings were reported in Atlanta, Cleveland, Chicago, Alabama, South Carolina, and Maryland/Washington D.C. This morning, Rickey Smiley revealed his daughter was a victim of gun violence in Houston, Texas, having been shot three times last night.

Smiley, via social media, said his daughter Aaryn was injured when she was on her way to get food at Whataburger sometime around midnight. "I'm just trying to do the show and book a flight to Houston".

During the interview on his morning show mere hours after the shooting, father of five Smiley said: "I'm just so angry right now", adding that "I been sitting here all morning with butterflies in my stomach trying to do a show". "I don't know what to do", he said.

This past holiday weekend was especially rife with gun violence across the country. "Parents shouldn't have to go through this". Stay tuned for more details, and prayers to the family of Rickey Smiley.

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He later confirmed on Instagram that Aaryn was out of surgery and was doing well.

Later on, Rickey uploaded a video to YouTube, expressing his frustrations about gun violence. "I won't be out of the hospital for a while nor will I be able to walk for a while due to nerve damage". "All of this comes with parenting". "My daughter didn't deserve to become a gunshot victim but thank God for protecting her". "She's crying, she's scared...and I can't get to her". "Words can't describe how grateful i am to be alive right now".

Aaryn was reportedly celebrating her birthday on Sunday when she was struck. "Scariest part of all of this is the fact that I'm alone".

"T$3 he fact that the bullets that went thru my legs were armored riffled [sic] bullets made to go through anything (how they got through the car) but the one [that] would have hit me in the head was not that kind and ended up lodged in the vehicle".

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