More celebrities including Jennifer Aniston have demanded justice for Ralph Jarl, the innocent black teen who was injured twice when he accidentally rang the wrong doorbell — with his GoFundMe page surpassing $2.7 million raised for Yarl.
Ralph Jarl, 16, was shot outside a home in Kansas City, Missouri, just a block from the property his siblings were waiting to be moved from, on April 13.
He reportedly burst into the driveway of the house at 10pm, rang the doorbell, and was immediately shot twice, but managed to escape to the next-door neighbor for help.
Jarl was released from the hospital four days after being shot and is said to be recovering at home with his mother, a nurse.
Jennifer Aniston was the latest celebrity to demand justice for the teen and explained what happened to the 16-year-old in a series of Instagram stories.
Ralph Jarl, 16, was shot twice in the head by a white man after he went to the wrong house in Kansas City while trying to pick up his younger siblings.
Clay County District Attorney Zachary Thompson revealed yesterday that Andrew Lester (pictured), 85, faces two felony charges and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Jennifer Aniston is the latest celebrity to demand justice for the teen and she explained what happened to her in serious Instagram stories. She also posted the prosecutor’s contact address and said, “Use the contact information below to request that prosecutor Zachary Thompson immediately arrest and file appropriate charges.”
A GoFundMe fundraiser founded by Jarl’s aunt has raised more than $2.7 million for the teen just one day after it was created
Aniston also posted the prosecutor’s contact address and said, “Use the contact information below to request that District Attorney Zachary Thompson make immediate arrest and appropriate charges.”
The arrest has since been made, Clay County District Attorney Zachary Thompson announced Monday.
He said the homeowner, identified as Andrew Lister, was charged with one count of first degree felony and one count of armed criminal action, which is also a felony. Bail was set at $200,000.
A GoFundMe fundraiser founded by Jarl’s aunt has raised more than $2.7 million for the teen just one day after it was created.
Halle Berry has also been among the public figures campaigning for justice. She said on Twitter: “His name is #Ralviarl and I’m sick and tired of that feeling…
My heart broke completely when I learned that this precious 16-year-old, who accidentally knocked on the door of the wrong address trying to pick up his siblings, was shot in the head by a man who wouldn’t answer his phone. Property.
This innocent child is now fighting for his life. This may be your child. This should not happen.
Model Naomi Campbell posted a photo of Jarl, saying: “This white homeowner shot this black kid in the head.” He shoots him again while Ralph is bleeding. Free shooter. Without fees. This is America.’
Then Gwyneth Paltrow posted Campbell’s words in her story.
Justin Timberlake also took to Twitter to share his outrage and wrote: ‘The man is free and the 16 year old boy is fighting for his life in the hospital. This can not be.
A talented clarinetist, Ralph also leads a section of his school’s orchestra and plays multiple instruments in the Northland Youth Symphony Orchestra
Ralph is taken to the hospital and is still recovering from his injuries after being shot in the head
Actresses Viola Davis and Halle Berry are calling for justice for the academically gifted teen and are pressing Kansas City Attorney General Zachary Thompson to file “appropriate charges.”
Ralph’s family described his shooting as a hate crime
Olivia Davis added two Instagram posts, one with the caption: “#JusticeForRalphYarl” and the other saying, “He didn’t deserve what happened to him. We’re not going to stand up for him. We’re coming for justice.”
Chrissy Teigen and actress Amy Schumer also shared Yarl’s story on their social media channels via Twitter and Instagram as they rallied behind his family in their call for justice.
The good Samaritan who rushed to the aid of 16-year-old Jarl today revealed the terrible state the boy was in when he found him.
Neighbor Jason Lynch, 42, said he was getting ready to go to bed after taking a shower when he heard screaming outside his home and heard someone shout, “Help, help, I’m shot!”
He went to his kitchen window and saw Jarl knocking on the door of a nearby house before seeing him lying on the floor, bloodied and motionless.
“I thought he was dead,” Lynch admitted. “He didn’t deserve to be shot.”
The father of three rushed into action, running outside and jumping a fence before racing across the street to meet Jarl.
Clay County District Attorney Zachary Thompson revealed yesterday that Andrew Lister, 85, faces two felony charges and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
The prosecutor confirmed that there was indeed a racist factor in the ordeal – after the teenage musicologist was shot twice, in the head and arm, after ringing the wrong doorbell when he went to pick up his younger brothers.
“I can tell you there was a racial component to the case,” Thompson said.
Lester’s bond is set at $200,000. If convicted, Lister could face life in prison for assault, and from 3 to 15 years for an armed criminal act.
He is accused of shooting scientist and musician Jarl twice through the glass in the front of the house, just one block from the property where his young twin siblings were waiting to be picked up.
It was said that Ralph, in the middle, was trying to pick up his younger siblings from a friend’s house, but went to the wrong address
Hundreds gathered outside the home of the alleged gunman to demand justice
Jason Lynch (pictured), 42, said he was getting ready to go to bed after taking a shower when he heard screaming outside his home and heard someone yell, “Help, I’m shot!” It turned out that the voice was 16-year-old Ralph Jarl’s shooting victim
He burst into the driveway of the house around 10 pm on April 13, rang the doorbell, and was immediately shot in the head by the homeowner.
He survived, and was released from the hospital after only four days, in what family attorney Ben Crump said was a miracle.
He continues to improve. He’s responsive and making good progress, said his dad, Paul.
“It would have been appropriate for the prosecutor to charge him, and the only tragedy is that it took so long to charge him,” Crump said.
I think it’s appropriate, you can’t send a message to society that it’s okay to shoot black people in the head just for ringing the doorbell.
President Joe Biden called the Jarl family on Monday, inviting them to the White House when Ralph is well.