We've covered the disappearance of 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley over at Valley Fever, our news blog, for the past few months, and it is a story that has shifted from a missing person investigation to a homicide investigation, with Shockley's mother, Jerice Hunter, as the number one suspect.
The story has also sparked a dialog about media coverage of these kind of cases, prompting Phoenix-based rapper Trap House, to release a new track, "Jhessye," late last week. The song is dedicated to the missing girl, with Trap adding a message on his Facebook page: "Please listen to this and share it. Jhessye Shockley should never be forgotten."
Loaded with samples of local news reports, Trap takes aim at the media for not covering the story, stating that the two-day Amber Alert and subsequent search were not enough.
"We knew about Kim Kardashian/And how Dick Cheney's shooting was an accident/And how America's become so passionate/Except when it come to young, black Africans."
While he's at it, Trap also has some tough words for Sheriff Joe Arpio, stating that the Sheriff "ain't saying shit."
Listen behind the break.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.