Stray bullet kills 13-year-old girl in U.S.

A Milwaukee girl, who won an award for an essay deploring gun violence in her US city, has been killed by a stray bullet, police and local media said.

Sandra Parks was shot as she watched television in her bedroom on Monday night.

Her family called 911 but the 13-year-old died at the scene.

Two men have since been charged in connection with the shooting.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett described “the insanity” of the violence in the city.

He told a news conference: “Sandra Parks, a 13-year-old, went into her bedroom. She never came out alive.”

“Tragically, her death was caused by someone who just decided they were going to shoot bullets into her house and she’s dead.”

Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association, who posted a tribute to the girl on Facebook, said she was a 2016-17 winner of the Dr Martin Luther King Jr writing contest in Milwaukee.

She received a third-place award for her entry, titled Our Truth, on gun violence.