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Innocent 12-Year-Old Girl Struck In the Head by Stray Bullet

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Genesis Rincon 12-years-old was struck in the head by stray bullet while riding her scooter.

Genesis Rincon

Reported by Andrew Scot Bolsinger

A 12-year-old girl from Paterson, N.J. died Saturday night after being struck in the head by a stray bullet over the Fourth of July weekend.

Genesis Rincon and two friends rode a scooter to a nearby store around 8:30 p.m. On the way home the three children took turns riding the scooter. A block away from her house, Rincon was struck in the head by a bullet. Her two friends were uninjured, according to a report in The Daily Mail.

Rincon fell as soon as she was stuck. She was originally ruled brain dead upon arrival to the emergency room, but she died the next day.

Police have not released many details but believe the shooting may have resulted from retaliation crossfire from earlier shootings.

Rincon was killed in front of neighbor, Melvin Simpson’s home.

“I am very much upset, especially right here,” Simpson told local reporters. “I am very much upset about it.”

Simpson said it could have just easily been his kids. He called Rincon a “nice, young girl.”

Alexis Rincon, a cousin of Genesis, posted a memorial on Facebook.

“My life my soul my everything I love her,” Alexis Rincon posted. “I don’t what type of animal would do something to her. She was a loving person she know that we all love her.”

Rincon is just one of dozens of victims of shooting violence across the country, capped by what local reporters are calling a “bloody holiday weekend” in Chicago. Reports of numerous shooting that left 60 people injured and at least nine dead were reported.

Corey Hudson, 34, was the first of nine killed in The Windy City after a car pulled up and someone inside shot him and a friend on the street. According to ABC News station in Chicago there were also three police-involved shootings on July 4th alone. At least one suspect involved in one of those shootings was killed.

They city has been actively combating gang and shooting violence in recent years after a bloody year in 2012, when it was the only city in the nation to record more than 500 homicides.


Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates, which is focused on prison reform and can be reached at and followed @CriminalUniv on Twitter.