Jonshel Alexander, the Beasts of the Southern Wild Child star, has died at the age of 22.
On Saturday, the actress, who rose to fame as a child star in the Oscar-nominated film, was shot and killed in New Orleans, Louisiana.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alexander was shot inside a car with another man, who then drove himself to the hospital for treatment. She was declared dead at the scene.
According to reports, investigators have located a vehicle of interest, a maroon pickup truck that they believe was used by the murderer.
Alexander’s co-star Quvenzhane Wallis led tributes to the actress and said: ‘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.🙏🏽🕊🕊#jonshel #gonetoosoon #prayersgoingup.’
Her mother, Shelly Alexander, has also spoken out and told The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate: ‘She brought life to everything. Jonshel was feisty, jazzy, spoiled. It was her way or no
Alexander portrayed Joy Strong in Beasts of the Southern Wild, a 2012 drama about a poor Louisiana bayou community struggling for survival.