The former child actress who appeared in Beasts of the Southern Wild passed away at the young age of 22. Jonshel Alexander’s cause of death has raised many questions. For more information, stay up with us.
The young actress was inside a car with a man on Saturday, November 27, when they were both shot. She was pronounced dead at the scene while the unidentified man drove himself to the hospital in Louisiana.
Police have released a photo of a person of interest — a Black man wearing a ski mask — and are asking the public for help identifying and locating him.
The police have allegedly located a vehicle of interest, a maroon pickup truck, that may have been used by the shooter, The New Orleans Advocate reports.
At age 12, Jonshel originally made her acting debut as Joy Strong in Beasts of the Southern Wild in 2012. She starred alongside Quvenzhané Wallis in the drama movie, which explored a poor Louisiana bayou community and their struggle to survive.
Beasts of the Southern Wild went on to be nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
The former actress was the youngest of three children who worked as a hostess in several restaurants after graduating from high school. She is survived by her 1-year-old daughter, De-vynne Robinson.
Our team offers its deepest sympathies to her family, friends, fans, and all of her loved ones on these challenging days. You can also leave a condolence message below the comment box to honor the young star.
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Reactions to Jonshel Alexander’s Death
Following the news of Jonshel Alexander’s death, the Annie actress paid tribute to her costar via social media on Wednesday, December 1.
“When were filming, we were always together, and I wish I could go back in time, so I can see you again. I love you. You will be missed by so many.🙏🏽🕊🕊,” Quvenzhané Wallis wrote.
Beasts of the Southern Wild director Benh Zeitlin also called Alexander an “absolute one of a kind, unforgettable, force-of-nature human being.”
“She was a really bright burning light. We incorporated a part into the film that was very much inspired by her. A lot of the lines were written by her, and so much of the character grew out of who Jonshel was,” Zeitlin shared during an interview with The New Orleans Advocate on November 30.
He continued: “Her character in the film is named Joy Strong, which always seemed like a perfect description of Jonshel. She was a really bright burning light.”
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Jonshel’s mother, Shelly Alexander, recalled how the team behind the film “fell in love” with her late daughter right away.
“She was like, ‘I’m going to be in this movie.’ She brought life to everything.” Shelly said. “They fell in love with Jonshel. She brought life to everything.”
She added: “Jonshel was feisty, jazzy, spoiled. It was her way or no way. Jonshel was like, ‘It’s going to be me.’”
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