A 6-year-old boy from St. Louis is melting hearts with his harrowing plea for peace in a video that has recently gone viral.
In the clip, Jeffrey, also known as “Lil J,” asks people to “stop killing each other,” which his mother, Leanndra Cheatham, posted to social media last week, ABC News reports.
“He was just complaining about being afraid to die,” Cheatham told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “He listens to everything around him and watches the news, and there’s not a lot of good things on there.”
The child’s video came as a response to a drive-by-shooting that claimed the life of his mother’s 17-year-old cousin.
"I'm really serious," the boy said to the camera before mentioning the drive-by-shooting. "Because I'm really scared to die. And, I'm really scared for my family to die."
Cheatham refers to the post — which had garnered more than 90,000 views at the time of writing — as a “PSA," showing adults the impact that gun violence has on young children.
"I'm a kid," the boy says in the video. "I'm not supposed to be knowing about all this stuff. I'm not supposed to be knowing about all these guns."
The video has received an overwhelmingly positive response with people applauding the child for his wisdom and compassion at such a young age.
However, there are many who also expressed sadness that these sentiments came from the mind and mouth of a 6-year-old who is so young and innocent, yet surrounded by turmoil and plagued by fear.
While it would be naive to think one video will suddenly heal the world, “Lil J’s” clip breeds hope that our future generations will cultivate a more peaceful and loving society.