Jonshel Alexander, a onetime child actor who played a supporting role in the 2012 Oscar-nominated film “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” was killed in a weekend shooting in her native Louisiana. She was 22.
Police said Alexander and a man were shot inside a vehicle Saturday in New Orleans and she was pronounced dead at the scene. The man, whose name was not released, drove to a hospital for treatment.
Alexander leaves behind a 1-year-old daughter.
Jonshel Alexander, child actor in 2012 Oscar-nominated film “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” shot and killed in New Orleans
Jonshel Alexander, who made her acting debut in the critically acclaimed 2012 drama, Beasts of the Southern Wild, has died. Jonshel and an unnamed man were reportedly shot inside a vehicle in New Orleans on Saturday, Nov. 27, according to the Associated Press (via NBC News). Per the report, citing police, the former child star was pronounced dead at the scene while the man drove to a hospital. Jonshel was 22 years old.
Nearly a decade earlier, the New Orleans native was cast as Joy Strong in the Louisiana-set movie. Jonshel was around 12 years old at the time.
On Dec. 1, Quvenzhané Wallis, who starred in the lead role, Hushpuppy, honored her former co-star with a tribute on social media. “When were filming we were always together and i wish i could go back in time so i can see you again,” she tweeted. “I love you. you will be missed by so many. #jonshel #gonetoosoon #prayersgoingup.”
Jonshel Alexander was reportedly with a man in a car when an assailant shot them both. The man drove himself to the hospital, while Alexander was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, according to The New Orleans Times-Picayune. She was 22 years old.
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