Ucreview– On May 10, in the lively community of St. Albans, Queens, a 16-year-old Black girl’s aspirations and ambitions were suddenly shattered.
CNN is featuring a series that profiles American youth who died in 2023 due to gun violence, which is a major cause of death among children in the United States. Quaatey’s story has been brought to light once again as a part of this series.
According to the New York Police Department, Claudia Quaatey, a young and ambitious entrepreneur, was shot in the head while sitting in the back seat of a car. Despite the devastating incident, her determination remains unwavering.
When she was just 14 years old, she embarked on an entrepreneurial journey that showcased her remarkable determination and vision. Her home-based hair braiding business was a testament to her entrepreneurial spirit and drive.
With a clear goal in mind, the young entrepreneur set out to save money for nursing school at the prestigious Howard University. To achieve this, she transformed her basement in Jamaica, Queens into a hair braiding studio that quickly gained popularity among her growing clientele who appreciated her exceptional skills.
Her dedication to her future was evident, even at such a young age. She showed incredible determination by managing her business tirelessly while also striving to excel in her studies as a sophomore in high school. Initially, her parents were supportive of her ambitions, but eventually, they had to step in to help her balance her entrepreneurial pursuits with her academic responsibilities.
Claudia’s mother, Marian Abbey, expressed her utmost admiration and pride for Claudia’s unwavering determination. Marian spoke fondly of her daughter, stating, “I wouldn’t change a thing about Claudia. She may not have been perfect, but she was exactly what I had prayed for.”
It is a heartbreaking reality that Claudia Quaatey will never be able to fulfill her aspirations of attending Howard University, pursuing a career in nursing, buying her own car, and ultimately giving back to her family’s country of origin, Ghana.
On that fateful evening, Claudia had planned to braid a friend’s hair. However, a gunshot shattered her promising future, and she passed away in the hospital just a day later. The loss of this bright and aspiring young soul left the community deeply saddened.
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