Al-Tarrek Bell gave his life to protect a ten-year-old boy in a shooting in New Jersey last Saturday.
An 18-year-old young man from the small town of Skinnersville, North Carolina, made the ultimate sacrifice on March 27. Al-Tarrek Bell was visiting his girlfriend in Edgewater Park, New Jersey, on March 27 when another driver opened fire on the car in which he was riding. Bell, seated in the back seat with his girlfriend’s ten-year-old nephew, immediately shielded the younger boy with his body.
Bell was struck multiple times, but the child was left unharmed. Bell and the driver, 25-year-old Sadiel Gonzalez, were killed in the shooting. Bell was a promising young man with dreams of becoming a model in Los Angeles or Chicago. School counselor Candace Pitter said she enjoyed her role in the “never disrespectful” Bell’s life.
The boy’s mother, Jacqueline Santiago, expressed her gratitude. “I love