Child death prompts local rapper rally

Martez Henderson is the city's 84th murder this year.

The tragedy prompted several rappers to come forward to spread a new message.

"We dropped everything we had, got up out the bed, came straight on over her," said Rapper "Eternal."

"Eternal" is one of several Mid-South rappers jumping into action after a Thursday night shooting that killed an 11-year-old boy and hurt a 4-year-old.

The rappers showed up at the Ridgecrest Apartment complex Friday afternoon, gathered children around, and gave them advice.

"We glorifying selling drugs, we glorifying doing things that the law says we shouldn't do. We should abide by the laws and abiding by the laws doesn't mean having kids out here holding up yellow crime tape!" exclaimed Rapper "Scat Cat." They say the community cannot heal without more parental involvement.

"Not only just the parents, it takes all parents to watch over these children. Your kids, my kids, whoever," said Rapper "Miscellaneous."

Miscellaneous, started the Memphis Peace Movement to bring rappers together in an effort to help change the message hip hop brings to children.

"Maybe they'll find out they need to stop watching and stop doing what the other brother is doing and pay attention to someone that's positive," he said.

The rappers plan to keep close tabs on what happens in the community and say they'll continue to serve as a support system.

The four-year-old hurt in the shooting is out of the hospital tonight. For now, police don't have any suspects..

If you can help, police want you to call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.