Mother of girl killed in CVPA shooting wants her caring attitude to be reminded of her daughter

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Coping with the loss of a daughter. Only News 4 sat down Wednesday with the mother of Alexzandria Bell, the 15-year-old who was shot dead at a South St. Louis high school this week.

Keisha Acres described those hectic and terrifying moments from Monday morning. It’s a day that changed her life forever. She rushed to Central Visual and Performing Arts High School — even walking several blocks as soon as she found out about the active shooter.

She told News 4’s Damon Arnold that when she got there, no one could point her in the right direction to find her daughter. Except for her daughter’s cell phone.

Alexzandria Bell was killed on October 24, 2022 during the CVPA shooting.
Alexzandria Bell was killed on October 24, 2022 during the CVPA shooting.(Family)

“You keep saying my baby was either transported over here or to Gateway [STEM] Yes, but her phone pings at school,” Acres explained.

She added: “I have a GPS tracking system on my daughter’s phone so I’ll know where my daughter is – and they said, ‘Well, maybe she dropped the phone,’ and I said: ‘You I don’t understand that the phone is like her skin. You’re not going anywhere without them.’ And so they kept saying she was over there. I said, “Well, it’s been over an hour. My baby would have called and found the phone and someone’s call to say, ‘Mom, I’m fine, come and get me.'”

Acres gave officers photos of their daughter, Alexzandria. A moment later she was surrounded by unfamiliar faces – except for one. Her daughter’s principal, Dr. Kacy Shahid.

“I only knew one person,” Acres said. “So I focused on her face and told her I’ll believe it if you tell me because they don’t know her. You don’t know my baby. So, I said if you say so, Dr. Shahid, I will believe it. And she couldn’t find out. She just broke down crying. And I just started screaming because I felt like I wasn’t going with my daughter. And it sucks. I was in the process of planning her sweet 16th birthday. Our daughter would have turned 16 next month. So now I have to turn that into funeral arrangements. No parent should have to bury a baby because someone is an asshole.”

Acres went on to explain why she hasn’t been able to attend vigils just yet.

“I don’t feel like she’s alone anymore,” Acres said.

“Because I thought my baby was alone and scared. The first night when I got home I couldn’t leave because I felt like she was going to come back and talk to me,” she said. “And she had to know where I was. So I stayed home hoping I could catch a glimpse of my baby even if it was in a dream and I didn’t want her to worry that she couldn’t find her mother. That’s why I didn’t leave my house because I don’t know if she would know where to find me. Let your parents be extra – it helps.”

She told News 4 that the thought of waking up without Alexzandria was unreal.

“I was like I had a really, really bad dream,” Acres said.

“I’m going to wake up and that would have been just one big nightmare. And think, maybe it was just the lord trying to tell me, “I need your attention – and everything will be fine.” This is what I want. But I know that’s not true. And know that I will lay my daughter to rest. I know I’ll never see her face again,” she said.

Alexzandria Bell as a child.
Alexzandria Bell as a child.(Family)

Acres spoke about the Sagittarius’ parents and expressed how she would like to meet them as it would give her an opportunity to express all the pain she carries and possibly bring her closure.

Acres said she wants people who have taken to social media with negative comments to know that you can never take it back and who you could hurt. She wants Alexzandria to be remembered for her free and caring spirit.

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